Writer-director Leos Carax’s Holy Motorsopened this week in New York City. The Indomina release stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. The unusual movie about a man (Lavant) who dons a variety of disguises as he travels via limo will make its way to the NuArt in Los Angeles on November 16th.
After a 13-year absence, French helmer Leos Carax returned to the Cannes competition in May with his well-received Holy Motors. Indomina then acquired the film for the US. It stars Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. Now, Carax is being honored at Locarno. The Pardo d’Onore award has gone to “a master of contemporary cinema” for the past 24 years. Marking the honor, the festival will screen Carax’s repertoire of five features that includes Holy Motors, 1984′s Boy Meets Girl, 1986′s Bad Blood, 1991′s The Lovers On The Bridge and 1999′s Pola X. Portmanteau work, Tokyo!, to which Carax contributed a segment, will also run. Previous Pardo d’Onore recipients include Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami, Aleksandr Sokurov, Hou Hsiao-hsien, William Friedkin and Abel Ferrara. The 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival runs from Aug 1-11.
The Indomina Group has acquired US distribution rights to Leos Carax’s Cannes competition title, Holy Motors. The film enjoyed a robust reception when it premiered here last week to mark Carax’s first time in competition since 1999’s Pola X. Some are calling it a strong candidate for the Palme d’Or tonight. The experimental work chronicles a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character chauffeured around Paris in a white limousine who takes on different roles for his various “appointments.” Longtime Carax collaborator Denis Lavant stars along with Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue and Michel Piccoli. Indomina’s Rob Williams negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton.