September 4 and 5, 2012. 8:45 p.m.
With the “Cinephile’s Choice” series, Miami Beach Cinematheque gives audiences opportunities to see some of the most challenging, provocative, acclaimed, and masterful international auteur films of the year that usually do not get a wide theatrical release, but deserve attention. This is one of them. It gained tremendous attention in worldwide film festivals, except…in the United States. It is for people looking for a creative alternative to typical storytelling, and are open to films with a variety of possible interpretations. The film follows the retrospective of 2008 of Bruno Dumont’s films at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Hors Satan focuses on a true outsider, a drifter who lives in the woods outside a small village where he strikes up a strange and unique relationship with a young woman. The Man acts as protector to The Girl, unemotionally killing a couple of people whom she claims are tormenting her. As the local police start to investigate the murders, we are led to believe that it will not be long before The Man is apprehended. However, Hors Satan is far from a crime drama, its director is more interested in the inexplicable as he nudges his film in another direction.
Hors Satan transcends its own realist aesthetic and Dumont’s love of physical environment by veering toward the sublime. This narrative shift comes in the form of spiritual transformations that can carry distinct religious overtones. Dumont crafts a film in which logic, reason and the structures of society give way to other forces, moving us outside our comfort zone into a space that can be described as other-worldly and hugely personal.
“Directing with his customary discipline and mastery, Dumont once again impresses and confounds, raising as many questions as he answers.” – Toronto International Film Festival (In French with English subtitles)
Miami Beach Cinematheque:
Historic City Hall
1130 Washington Avenue
First Floor South
Miami Beach, FL 33139