Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' will screen as part of the Main Slate of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16): filmlinc.org/NYFF
Paul Verhoeven’s first feature in a decade—and his first in French—ranks among his most incendiary, improbable concoctions: a wry, almost-screwball comedy of manners about a woman who responds to a rape by refusing the mantle of victimhood. As the film opens, Parisian heroine Michèle (a brilliant Isabelle Huppert) is brutally violated in her kitchen by a hooded intruder. Rather than report the crime, Michèle, the CEO of a video game company and daughter of a notorious mass murderer, calmly sweeps up the mess and proceeds to engage her assailant in a dangerous game of domination and submission in which her motivations remain a constant source of mystery, humor, and tension. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
Verhoeven will be participating in a free Directors Dialogue on October 13, and will be the subject of a complete retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center this November.
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