Klara Kristin… you make me change my mind

Words by Cath Clarke
Photography by Mariano Vivanco / Styling by Peghah Maleknejad

How the French avant-garde, communal living and Kierkegaard’s philosophy shaped the new face of European cinema

Klara Kristin was at a club in Paris when a bald guy with a beard walked up to her with a sleazy-sounding line: “You’d be perfect for my next film.” He was Gaspar Noé, the incendiary French director of Irreversible and Enter the Void. It took him a while to convince Klara. She rolls her eyes. “I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ I didn’t believe him.”

At the time, Klara was working as an artist’s assistant. Born and raised in Copenhagen, she dropped out of school at 15 and enrolled in a philosophy course before arriving in Paris. That night in the club – after Noé persuaded her that he wasn’t some creep trying to spike her drink – the connection was instant. It turned out that Noé’s dad and Klara’s grandfather were old drinking buddies: “They drank wine together back in the day. I think we are both the products of these avant-garde guys. Similar people shaped us.” The film they made together, Love, a controversial, sexually explicit 3D drama, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

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