‘High Life’ Director Claire Denis Talks in Panama About Shooting ‘The Stars at Noon’

In Panama to shoot “The Stars at Noon,” French auteur Claire Denis spoke at an Iff Panama fest panel about shooting the film in Panama and her hallmark “instinctive” filmmaking.With her were her two male actors, lead Joe Alwyn (“The Favorite”) and rising Panamanian thesp and former wrestler Nick Romano (“Kimura”), who plays a key secondary role.

The panel was moderated by Iff Panama festival director Pituka Ortega Heilbron.Based on the eponymous novel by Denis Johnson, “The Stars at Noon” is set in 1984 Nicaragua during the Sandinista-led revolution as it relates the unlikely romance between an enigmatic Englishman (Alwyn) and a willful American journalist, played by Margaret Qualley who’s just received great reviews for her performance in Netflix series “The Maid.” The two lovers are soon caught up in a perilous web of lies and conspiracies and forced to flee the country.Qualley, who was supposed to be at the panel,

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