35 Shots of Rum + In Conversation with Claire Denis

Inspired by Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring, Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum portrays the intimate relationship of a widower who devotes his life to his only daughter. The sensitive balance of their bond is challenged in this warm, atmospheric film portraying the affection of human relationships.

Denis confesses that the story derives from a deep personal memory of her grandfather being an only parent to her mother. Their exceptional bonding motivated her to explore the possibilities of such a relationship through cinema.

This French filmmaker’s insight and intellect are revealed in this fascinating onstage interview.


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