Considered to be Claire Denis’ masterpiece, Beau Travail is a mesmerising exploration of male identity in crisis, brought to life through the female lens of Denis, cinematographer Agnès Godard, and editor Nelly Quettier. Strict disciplinarian Sergeant Galoup rigorously trains his men in an outpost in the African desert, until the arrival of a new recruit awakens a burning jealousy. In a film of few words, the bold imagery, sound and rhythm convey the ways in which belonging, desire and violence trouble contemporary masculinity.
Following our 5.15pm screening on 13 November, we will have a panel taking a psychoanalytic look at Beau Travail, this will include film editor Liza Ryan Carter (Of Time and the City, Tony Benn: Will and Testament) and Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis Susie Godsil.
In recognition of the emphasis on women editors in this Retrospective strand of LIFF, the focus will be on the function and impact of editing both as a cinematic technique and as a psychoanalytic understanding of unconscious mental processes. These responses, together with the shared experience of this powerfully evocative film, will be taken up in a discussion with the audience.
A Psychoanalysis and Film event as part of Leeds International Film Festival in partnership with Opera North, the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Harry Guntrip Psychotherapy Trust and Leeds Beckett University.