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Special Gaspar Noé
The Work and Inspiration of Gaspar Noé

Cinéma Viscéral: Irréversible (2002)

Hoezo in KINO

[WARNING: contains scenes of extreme sexual violence, bodily harm and other upsetting visuals.]
Probably the best film you’ll only see once is turning twenty this year and it has lost none of its punch-to-the-gut (or fire-extinguisher-to-the-head) power since. Gaspar Noé’s international breakthrough will always be remembered for the two shocking and prolonged scenes of (sexual) violence but it is so much more than that: the disorientating camerawork, the nauseating score by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and the brilliant casting of real-life couple Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci all make this tragedy in reverse one of the most devastating and memorable cinematic nightmares one can experience. You are hereby warned. French language with English subtitles.


Gaspar Noé
Monica Belluci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia
drama, thriller, misdaad
95 minuten


Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass, and subsequently seeks revenge upon her assailant. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything.

To celebrate Noé’s latest film Vortex and his unique and darkly twisted oeuvre, KINO presents a selection of his own work and the films that inspired him. A divergent collage of cinematic outings that influenced his work: from the masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (on 70mm!) and the anti-fascist shock cinema of Pasolini’s Salò to the ‘giallo’ chillers of Dario Argento. Join us in taking a deep dive into the visceral cinematic world that shaped the work of this singular director. Strap in, it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Trailer: Baris Azman

© Trailer: Baris Azman

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