Still from "I Can't Sleep" (1994) directed by Claire Denis.

In anticipation of Claire Denis’ first English language feature, High Life, BAM is presenting the largest US retrospective ever dedicated to a singular French filmmaker, whose films speak through movement, rhythm, and texture, in profound and empathetic studies of alienation, the ravages of colonialism, and the mysteries of love and desire. “Strange Desire: The Films of Claire Denis” includes: Beau Travail (1999); Trouble Every Day (2001); Chocolat (1988); 35 Shots of Rum (2008); White Material (2009), Nenette and Boni (1996); I Can’t Sleep (1994); No Fear, No Die (1990); The Intruder (2004); Bastards (2013); Let the Sunshine In (2017);Jacques Rivette, le veilleur (1990); a program of short films; To the Devil (2011), screening with Voilà l’enchaînement (2014); The Breidjing Camp (2015); Towards Mathilde (2005), screening with Vers Nancy (2002); US Go Home (1994), screening with Claire Denis, The Vagabond (1996); and a special preview screening of High Life (2019) with Denis in person, prior to a full run following the series.