125 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, August 28th.

George Devereaux is a powerful man with a voracious sexual appetite. In a New York hotel room, he indulges in a night of intense carnality. Blondes leave and brunettes arrive, bodies are smeared with booze and ice cream and women perform lewd acts under his direction. When a housemaid walks into Devereaux’s room in the aftermath of this, an incident leads Devereaux to be arrested at JFK airport, and he is put through a legal process that has little respect for his authority, affluence or influence.

An imagining inspired by the 2011 scandal surrounding the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the latest film from legendary auteur Abel Ferrara is as provocative and fearless as the best of his work. It revolves around an extraordinary performance from Gérard Depardieu as the brutishly grotesque Devereaux, a man so intoxicated by power that he can no longer recognise moral lines. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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