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A group of convicts is duped into joining a difficult space mission in the belief they will be freed if they are successful. But, the authorities have no intention of ever letting them return to earth. They want the inmates to procreate and raise a child in space as part of a larger experiment.
The film follows the character of Monte a few years after the mission’s launch as he raises his daughter, Willow, in complete isolation on the empty spacecraft as it heads towards its final destination, a black hole. He fathered Willow against his will after his sperm was used to inseminate another convict in space as part of the experiment. In the process of raising her, however, he comes to experience real love for the first time in his life.
Claire Denis's first English-language feature is "an adventure beyond the solar system set in a future that seems like the present".
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2018 - Gala Presentations - World premiere
Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2019 - Deep Focus


Type of film
Running Time
110 mins
Claire Denis
Laurence Clerc, Oliver Dungey, Christoph Friedel, D.J. Gugenheim, Andrew Lauren, Klaudia Smeija, Claudia Steffen, Olivier Théry-Lapiney
Executive Producer
Julia Balaeskoul Nusseibeh, Isabel Davis
Guy Lecorne
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox, Nick Laird (consultant)
Director of Photography
Yorick Le Saux, Tomasz Naumick
Production Designer
François-Renaud Labarthe, Mela Melak, Jagna Dobesz
Original Music and Sound Design: Stuart Staples, Tindersticks
Principal Cast
Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger
Film Image
© 2018 Alcatraz Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, The Apocalypse Films, Madants

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Last updated 14th January 2019

Production Company

UK, Germany, France, Poland coproduction

An Alcatraz Films (FR), Pandora Filmproduktion (DE), The Apocalypse Films Company (UK), BFI Film Fund (UK), Madants (PL), Andrew Lauren Productions (US) film in co-production with Arte France Cinéma (FR)

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