Winner of the "KNF Award" at the 1997 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung plays herself in haute auteur Olivier Assayas’ spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To’s cult-actioner HEROIC TRIO, past-his-prime director René Vidal (New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud) impetuously casts Cheung as the lead in his remake of the silent classic LES VAMPIRES. Unable to speak a word of French and clad in a head-to-toe rubber catsuit, Cheung finds herself adrift among the disorganized crew, including an increasingly erratic Vidal, a lovesick bi-sexual costumer (Nathalie Richard) and a gossipy executive’s wife (Bulle Ogier). With freewheeling cinematography choreographed to the strains of Sonic Youth and Luna, IRMA VEP immerses the viewer into the heady desperation and l’amour fou of modern filmmaking.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- KNF Award International Film Festival Rotterdam 1997
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Great in a dozen different ways - half of them Maggie Cheung who has incredible charm and pragmatic wit. It's a film for film geeks but it's funny, cool, and unpretentious.