DIVA

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix 1981 | 123 min.

Section: EuroCinema Hawaii

Premiere: Hawaii


Synopsis

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EuroCinema Hawai'i

The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who unlike Andrei wish to profit from the bootlegged recording. They begin to pursue the boy, as do a couple of home-grown hooligans who believe that Jules is in possession of some murder evidence.

The serpentine plot leads to a warm friendship between Jules and the reclusive diva - and to a brilliantly photographed (by Philipe Rousselot) motorcycle chase through the subway tunnels of Paris. DIVA marked the directorial debut of Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose obvious fondness for the more esoteric techniques of the Nouvelle Vague never impedes his willingness to simply entertain his audiences.

Synopsis written by: Hal Erickson

Screenings

Monday, October 15 6:30 PM Dole Cannery G Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Jean-Jacques Beineix
Screenwriter Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean Hamme, Daniel Odier
Producer Irène Silberman, Serge Silberman
Executive Producer Claudie Ossard
Cast Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Wilhelmenia Fernandez
Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot
Production Designer Hilton McConnico
Editor Gina Pignier, Monique Prim, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Sound Jean-Pierre Ruh