November 19, 2010
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Claire Denis
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Claire Denis, Marie N'Diaye
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Isaach de Bankole, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Christopher Lambert, William Nadylam, Adèle Ado, Ali Barkai, Daniel Tchangang
Copyright Holder: N/A
From Claire Denis, the incomparable director of "Beau Travail, "L'Intrus" and "35 Shots of Rum," comes "White Material": a rich and thrilling account of a woman driven to the edge. An official section of the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the film is a riveting exploration the dark complexities of racial conflict and limits of human will. The legendary Isabelle Huppert is Maria Vial, a fearless French woman attempting to run her family's coffee plantation in an unnamed African country. Torn violently apart by hate-fueled civil conflict, this unforgiving setting soon turns against the foreign family, declaring them outlaw in their new home. In a brash effort to save her family and livelihood, Maria risks everything, fighting with every shred of her will to buck the rebel forces wrestling for control of local power.