Irma Vep (1996) | Films of Olivier Assayas

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
a woman in a leather catsuit lounges in an orange chair with her hands behind her head

French Cinema Series:

Irma Vep
(Olivier Assayas, 1996, 97 min, France, Color, DCP)

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. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty reflection on the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.

"As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), the Center for French & Francophone Studies (CFFS), the Department of Romance Studies, and the Arts and Cultural Citizenship Initiative.

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Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

Parking Info:


Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater