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Her debut feature film Chocolat (1988), a meditation on colonialism, won her critical acclaim. With films such as US Go Home (1994), Nenette and Boni (1997), Good Work (Beau Travail) (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), and Friday Night (2003) she established a reputation as the filmmaker who 'has been able to reconcile the lyricism of French cinema with the impulse to capture the often harsh face of contemporary France'.
Denis was a bandleader, worked as actress, notably in Venus Beauty Institute (2000), and directed for French TV. Currently she is shooting a film inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy.
Claire Denis teaches CINEMA AS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland where she examines contemporary filmmaking as exploration into multi-ethnic and cross-cultural environments, with the cool passion and distanced engagement of an anthropologist.
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