Movie Club: Irma Vep

Irma Vep

France | 1996 | 99 min. | Olivier Assayas

September 4, 2024

SIFF Movie Club

Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic 1915 crime serial Les vampires.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2024

What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer, and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth and Ali Farka Touré into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty reflection on the nineties French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.

  • Director: Olivier Assayas
  • Principal Cast: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 99 min.
  • Producer: Georges Benayoun
  • Screenplay: Olivier Assayas
  • Cinematographers: Eric Gautier
  • Editors: Luc Barnier
  • Music: Philippe Richard
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films