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White Material

Claire Denis

 
White Material (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 2009
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #560

In White Material, the great contemporary French filmmaker Claire Denis, known for her restless, intimate dramas, introduces an unforgettably crazed character. Played by a ferocious Isabelle Huppert, Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family’s crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. Created with Denis’ signature full-throttle visual style, which places the viewer at the center of the maelstrom, White Material is a gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé
  • Short documentary by Denis on the film’s premiere at the 2010 Écrans Noirs Film Festival in Cameroon
  • Deleted scene
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Amy Taubin

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

White Material: Out of Africa

By Amy Taubin April 12, 2011

A nightmare from which no one awakes, Claire Denis’ White Material (2009) takes place in a nameless African country teetering on the brink of all-out civil war. It is the veteran French director . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: White Material

April 20, 2011

“Not even the gnarliest horror film has left me as haunted as White Material,” critic Steve Dollar begins his Greencine review of the new release from Criterion.“The 2010 film by Claire Denis, a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Material: Out of Africa

By Amy Taubin April 12, 2011

A nightmare from which no one awakes, Claire Denis’ White Material (2009) takes place in a nameless African country teetering on the brink of all-out civil war. It is the veteran French director . . . Read more »


Clippings

Thomson at the New Republic

January 25, 2011

Fans of critic David Thomson (whose Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition, placed first in Sight & Sound’s 2010 poll of the best, “most inspirational” books about film . . . Read more »

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White Material (Criterion DVD)

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