Not to be confused with the “Champagne of Beers,” Claire Denis’ Robert Pattinson-starring sci-fi drama High Life is a movie we’re rather excited about around these parts. It’s been in the works since 2015, and though we haven’t seen a ton from film, it has our full attention. And a handful of lovely new stills arrived on the scene today.
Vanity Fair dropped these photos, and while it’s not much to go on—it’s hard to get too excited for a film based on a bunch of still images—High Life is up on our list of anticipated movies.
Denis’ Trouble Every Day and Beau travail are all-timers. And coming off of the Safdie Brothers’ scorcher Good Time, where he singed off everyone’s eyebrows, Robert Pattinson continues to make strong choices. Hell, the science fiction part of the recipe only sweetens the deal.
High Life follows a group of criminals who get the chance to earn their freedom by going to space and investigating alternative energies. A mission that just so takes them uncomfortably near a black hole. And because this is a Claire Denis movie, the story can’t be that straight forward. One of the prisoners, Monte (Pattinson), had a daughter, Willow (Mia Goth), against his will and via artificial insemination. You can bet that’s going to be a strange relationship to watch develop.
As expected, these photos don’t reveal much about High Life. Still, they offer a solid look at the aesthetics of the film, and what we see is beautiful and strange. The appearance of the film, shot by Only Lovers Left Alive cinematographer Yorick Le Saux, should add a great deal to the feel, tone, and thematic layers.
High Life also stars Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. At the moment, there’s no release date, but filming wrapped up last year, so hopefully we’ll see it in 2018. Cannes seems like a long shot, but it could debut at one of the film festivals later in the year. We’ll have to wait and see.