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Opening Night

French superstar Isabelle Adjani stars in a radical restatement of a John Cassavetes classic.

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Opening Night

Date: 2 Dec 2019

Released to mixed reviews in 1977, maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes’ Opening Night is now regarded as one of his most important films.

French auteur Cyril Teste’s adaptation grants it a new life.

Starring the acclaimed screen star Isabelle Adjani, Opening Night depicts an actress in crisis. Her love affair with her co-star has ended, an ardent young fan has died, and now, during an out-of-town season for a Broadway show, she finds she can no longer bear to live a life devoted to feigned emotions and action directed by others.

Opening Night is her response: a takeover, a transformation, a rebellion.

Just as Cassavetes’ film erased the live between art and life, so Teste, a pioneer in the genre of performance-filmique, blurs the distinction between theatre and film, the rehearsed and the improvised. Every performance is unique and every night Adjani takes new paths into the territory between fiction and reality – a landscape haunted by the ghosts of some of her best known roles and of Cassavetes’ intense relationship with his own Opening Night leading lady, Gina Rowlands.

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