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The Stars at Noon
Grand Prix
A young American journalist stranded in present-day Nicaragua falls for an enigmatic Englishman who seems like her best chance of escape. She soon realizes, though, that he may be in even greater danger than she is. Adapted from the Denis Johnson's novel.
A dissolute young American journalist and an English businessman with ties to the oil industry meet by chance while on different, mysterious assignments in modern-day Nicaragua. The two tumble into a whirlwind romance despite knowing little about each other’s true professional identities—all while abstract forces close in on them as they desperately try to book it out of a country that won’t seem to let them leave. Stars at Noon, based on the 1986 novel by Denis Johnson, represents a new mode for director Claire Denis, a contemporary thriller suffused with political intrigue and languid eroticism, moving entirely to the tactile rhythms of its actors, especially rising star Qualley, who gives a live-wire performance of fervid spontaneity and mercurial passion. Claire Denis surrounded herself with an international cast for this film exploring the terror and disillusionment of love, with the American actress Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, 2019) playing Trish, the British actor Joe Alwyn (The Favourite, 2018) as Daniel, Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, 2021) as the CIA agent, and with the Panamanian actor Nick Romano, who was a revelation for the director. Claire Denis has constantly explored new locations for her work, ever since she made Chocolat. After working in Africa and Europe, she chose Panama this time, as a way of bypassing the Nicaraguan government in power since 2007, led by the former Sandanista revolutionary Ortega.
Written by
Claire Denis, Andrew Litvack, Léa Mysius
Edited by
Guy Lecorne
Eric Gautier
Sound by
Jean-Paul Mugel, Simon Poupard
Music by
Joe Alwyn, Margaret Qualley, John C. Reilly, Benny Safdie, Danny Ramirez
Original title
The Stars at Noon
English title
The Stars at Noon
USA, France
Running time
137 min
Drama, Romantic, Thriller
Age rating
Release date
31. 8. 2023
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Banská Štiavnica • Kino Akademikx
Bardejov • Bašta Kultúrno-komunitné centrumx
Betliar • Kino Úsvitx
Bratislava • Artkino za Zrkadlomx
Bratislava • Cinema City Euroveax
Bratislava • Kino Film Europex
Bratislava • Kino Lúkyx
Bratislava • Kino Lumière v SNGx
Bratislava • Kino Mladosťx
Bratislava • Kino SĽUKx
Dolný Kubín • Oravská Knižnica Antona Habovštiakax
Dubnica nad Váhom • Kino Lastovičkax
Hlohovec • Kino Úsmevx
Košice • Kino Úsmevx
Kremnica • Kino Akropolax
Liptovský Mikuláš • Kino Nicolausx
Malacky • Kino Záhoranx
Martin • Kino Moskvax
Modra • Kino Mierx
Námestovo • Kino Kultúrax
Nitra • Kinoklub Nitrax
Nitra • Mlyny Cinemasx
Nové Zámky • Kino Mierx
Piešťany • Kino Fontánax
Poprad • Kino Tatranx
Prešov • Kino Pocity na Stromoradíx
Prievidza • Filmový klub FK´93 pri KaSS Prievidzax
Púchov • KC Podivný barónx
Ružomberok • Kino Kultúrax
Senec • Kino Mierx
Sereď • Kino Novax
Spišská Nová Ves • Kino Mierx
Trenčín • Artkino Metrox
Trnava • Kino Hviezdax
Trnava • Kultúrne centrum Malý Berlínx
Žilina • Stanica Žilina-Záriečiex
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Media reception

The Telegraph
★★★★ "A full-body immersion in uneasy pleasures."
The Wrap
„The work of a master."
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