Claire Denis

France 90 min Fiction


Friday night. Laure has packed up all her belongings in boxes. Tomorrow she’s shifting house, going to live with François. But tonight, right now, she leaves the empty apartment where she’s never felt at home, heading for dinner at Marie and Bernard’s place. She gets caught up in an enormous traffic jam. But Laure couldn’t care less, for tonight, in her car, she really feels just right. It’s warm, nothing can happen to her. And outside, it’s winter. People on foot dash to get home, going every which way, traffic is blocked, horns blow, everybody is tense. Everybody except a man in a leather jacket, standing still, just a little way up ahead.


Claire Denis

She is one of the most important filmmakers on the contemporary film scene. She grew up in Africa, an experience that is reflected in several of her films. She studied at IDHEC and, after having been an assistant to Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders, she made her feature debut in 1988 with Chocolat. Her cinema crosses genres and themes, and has been awarded in Cannes, San Sebastián, Berlin and Locarno, among others. In 2012 D’A dedicated her a retrospective.

Filmography: Fire (2022), Stars at Noon (2022, D'A 2023), High Life (2018), Dark Glasses (2017), Voilà l'enchaînement (mid-length film, 2014), Bastards (2013), To the Devil (mid-length film, 2011, D'A 2012), White Material (2009, D'A 2012), 35 Shots of Rum (2008, D'A 2012), Towards Mathilde (2005), The Intruder (2004, D'A 2012), Vendredi soir (2002, D'A 2012), Trouble Every Day (2001, D'A 2012), Beau travail (1999, D'A 2012), Nénette et Boni (1996, D'A 2012), I Can't Sleep (1994, D'A 2012), Keep It for Yourself (mid-length film, 1991), No Fear, No Die (1990, D'A 2012), Man no Run (1989), Chocolat (1988, D'A 2012), Le 15 mai (short film, 1971)

Claire Denis

Film information

Original Title: Friday Night
Director: Claire Denis
Script: Claire Denis, Emmanuelle Bernheim
Contact: Pathé International
With: Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Hélène Fillières, Florence Loiret, Grégoire Colin, Micha Lescot, Nicolas Struve
Country: France
Year: 2002
Format: 35 mm
Length: 90 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan/English
Edition: 2012