Film


Peter von Kant

Dir: François Ozon
Cast: Denis Ménochet, Isabelle Adjani, Khalil Ben Gharbia
84mins   2022   France | Belgium   15   French | German   

Part of the French Film Festival

This film will be introduced by Michael Lawrence, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex

François Ozon goes back to his roots with this reworking of a Fassbinder classic – 1972’s hyper-stylised chamber piece The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant – and offers a gender-swapped version that serves as an indirect portrait of the troubled maestro himself. Both homage and critique, Peter Von Kant astutely gets under the skin of the lesbian-themed original, and ekes out new resonances. Superb performances from a cast across the age range – including a flamboyantly knowing diva turn from Isabelle Adjani.

'Ozon gives Fassbinder’s all-female 1972 drama a makeover, making it lighter and more camp' - The Guardian