2018 is the year of the hellish dance movies. First, we received the announcement and trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria. Now, the trailer for Gaspar Noé’s newest film, Climax, has been released.
Climax follows a hip-hop dance troupe who experiences one hell of a bad trip after someone spikes the sangria. The trailer promises an intense ride full of debauchery, dancing, and hysteria.
According to Rotten Tomatoes:
From director Gaspar Noé comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.
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Noé is known for his controversial work and visual style. He doesn’t skirt away from brutal sex scenes and intense hallucinations. Two of his more well-known films, Irreversible and Enter the Void, were not well received, to say the least. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Noé said, “When I showed Irreversible [in 2002], about 60 percent of the reviews were bad. On the next one [Enter the Void in 2009], probably 70 to 75 percent of them were bad.” So he was surprised when Climax was well received at this year’s Cannes.
In fact, Climax won the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Cinema Award. It made its debut at the festival sidebar. Climax will star Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and cast of lesser known actors, such as Romain Guellermic and Souheila Yacoub.
A24 acquired Climax during Cannes and is distributing it. The film is set to debut in France on September 19th, 2018, but no U.S. release date has been announced. Are you a fan of Noé’s style? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!