A24’s first official U.S. trailer for High Life introduces a mad scientist and her inmate subjects in space. The sci-fi thriller marks the English language debut of writer/director Claire Denis (Un beau soleil interieur, Les salauds). Denis co-wrote the script with Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox, and Nick Laird.
Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria, Ghost in the Shell) plays the mad scientist and Robert Pattinson (the Twilight films, The Lost City of Z) is one of the inmates. The cast also includes André Benjamin (Idlewild, Smokin’ Aces), Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, The Tunnel), Lars Eidinger (Sense8, Babylon Berlin), and Jessie Ross (The Frankenstein Chronicles).
Claire Denis’ behind the scenes team includes editor Guy Lecorne, costume designer Judy Shrewsbury, and cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Tomasz Naumiuk.
Laurence Clerc, Oliver Dungey, Christoph Friedel, Andrew Lauren, DJ Gugenheim, Claudia Steffen, Olivier Thery-Lapiney, and Klaudia Smeija served as producers. The sci-fi film’s an Andrew Lauren Productions, Apocalypse Films, Alcatraz Films, Pandora Filmproduktion and Madants production.
Denis’ film currently sits at 85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Globe and Mail’s Barry Hertz says, “The ending of High Life arrives almost too suddenly, but that’s only incentive to seek out a second, third and fourth viewing as soon as humanly possible.” Film Comment’s review describes the 2019 sci-fi film as “wonderfully enchanting and perplexing.”
A24 is planning an April 12, 2019 theatrical release.
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.