Starring Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera, this visionary retelling of Carmen is an exhilarating thriller combining dance, politics and music, and features Sydney Dance Company artists.
Carmen (Barrera, In the Heights
) is forced to go on the run from her Mexican desert home when her mother is killed. Crossing the border into the US, she encounters ruthless borderland vigilantes who murder immigrants. Following a violent incident, she escapes with troubled marine Aidan (Mescal, Aftersun
). The pair head to Los Angeles to seek refuge with Carmen’s mother’s friend Masilda (Rossy de Palma) at her nightclub – the site of some of the film’s most impressive dance sequences. All the while the police are tracking down the lovers. Shot in New South Wales, and with a surging score by Nicholas Britell (Succession
), acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s debut feature defies categorisation as it finds contemporary resonance for this classic story.