Keimena: #6 Voilà l'enchaînement
by Claire Denis
Jan
23
11:59 pm
ERT2

Claire Denis, Voilà l’enchaînement, 2014, France, film still

Voilà l’enchaînement, 2014, France, 30 min.
Director: Claire Denis

Voilà l’enchaînement is a series of monologues and conversations portraying a mixed-race couple (played by Norah Krief and Alex Descas) whose relationship begins, welcomes children, and disintegrates, all within the span of 30 minutes. With two actors and no sets, this agonizing film traces issues of race and language through a troubled relationship.


Keimena, a documenta 14 Film Program on ERT2, airs Mondays at midnight from December 19, 2016 to September 18, 2017. Each film can be viewed during the broadcast and streamed on demand for seven days thereafter. Please note that the films are presented in their original language with Greek subtitles, and can be streamed from within Greece only.

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