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Adapting Denis Johnson, Claire Denis debuts ‘Stars at Noon’

CANNES, France (AP) — Just days removed from finishing her latest film and hours after arriving in Cannes, Claire Denis sat down in a poolside hotel restaurant and warmly pronounced herself “a mess.”

Denis’ latest, the Denis Johnson adaptation “Stars at Noon,” has been percolating in her for more than a decade. She was compelled to make it after the author’s death in 2017. But there have been hurdles along the way.

The pandemic, for one. (Masks appear in the film.) Robert Pattison, star of Denis’ 2019 sci-fi film “High Life,” had to drop out over scheduling conflicts. After another actor departed at the last minute, Denis cast co-star Joe Alwyn from Panama by Zoom days before shooting began. A week before Cannes, a problem with the film’s mix meant having to…


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