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Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?

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The cinema of controversial French writer and filmmaker Catherine Breillat explores sexuality and gender politics in ways no other (male) director has ever done. We believe her work is ripe for reappraisal and so we are very proud to present a double bill of two of her most intimately linked works. Existential dread, Rocco Siffredi, unsimulated sex… Pornography and Art might not be so far apart after all.

The Last Mistress

Catherine Breillat France, 2007

Set in 19th century France, The Last Mistress chronicles the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished, well-bred Ryno de Marigny.

Anatomy of Hell

Catherine Breillat France, 2004

With her characteristically unflinching gaze and courage, Catherine Breillat takes her exploration of sexuality, desire and the relationship between men and women to the limit. A pure, painterly, often surreal study in sex and the body.

Sex Is Comedy

Catherine Breillat France, 2002

A filmmaker, played by Anne Parillaud, directs two actors (Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida) out of whom she is determined to get the most for a very difficult sex scene.

Fat Girl

Catherine Breillat Italy, 2001

Twelve-year-old overweight Anaïs lives in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Elena. The ever observant Anaïs watches on as her sister’s innocence is stripped away when she becomes prey to a conniving Italian law student.

A Real Young Girl

Catherine Breillat France, 1976

Catherine Breillat’s controversial exploration of a teenage girl’s sexuality, based on her own novel.

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