Cannes Film Fest 2018: Climax–Gaspar (Love) Noe’s Feature at Directrors Fortnight

Climax, the fifth feature of Italian-Argentinean filmmaker Gaspar Noé,  premiered at the 50th edition of Directors Fortnight at the 2018 Cannes Film Fest.

The director has presented all of his films at Cannes: I Stand Alone (winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize in 1998), Irreversible (in competition in 2002), Enter the Void (in competition in 2009) and Love at the Midnight section in 2015.

Climax, Noé’s first French-language film since Irreversible, is set in the mid-1990s. The story revolves around a group of young street dance enthusiasts, who come together for a 3-day boot camp in an abandoned boarding school in the woods.
When they finish their final group dance, they celebrate their last night, uring which the atmosphere becomes electric, and a strange madness overcomes them.
Have they been drugged? If yes, why or by whom?
Transfixed by the hypnotic and electric rhythm of the music, they struggle to restrain their neuroses and psychoses.  Some feel they’re floating in a heavenly paradise, but others are plunged into the lower depths of hell.
The director of photography is Belgian Benoît Debie.

Produced by Edouard Weil and Alice Girard for Rectangle Productions, and co-produced by Arte France Cinema