Claire Denis

France/Germany/Cameroon 105 min Fiction


A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee – a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society.


Claire Denis

Claire Denis was born in Paris in 1948, and raised in colonial Africa. She  initially studied economics, but then she went to the IDHEC, the French film school. After working as assistant to Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders, she makes her debut in a feature film with Chocolat (1988).

Filmography: Aller au diable (2011), Una mujer en África (White Material) (2009), 35 Rhums (2008), Vers Mathilde (2005), L'intrus (2004), Vendredi Soir (2002), Trouble Every Day (2001), Beau Travail (1999), Nenétte et Boni (1996), J'ai pas sommeil (1994), Jacques Rivette, le veilleur (1990), S'en fout la mort (1990), Chocolat (1988)

Claire Denis

Film information

Int. title: Chocolat
Director: Claire Denis
Script: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Contact: mk2
With: François Cluzet, Cécile Ducasse, Jean-Claude Adelin, Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankolé, Didier Flamand
Country: France/Germany/Cameroon
Year: 1988
Format: 35 mm
Length: 105 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan and English
Edition: 2012