Blood + Homage
Yann Gonzalez - Director of Knife + Heart

Blood + Homage: The Cinematic Obsessions of Yann Gonzalez


Please note: this season finished in July 2019

Described by some critics as a sort of “queer Giallo”, visionary French director Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart (opening Fri 5 July) blends melodrama, horror and comedy to create a kinky queer horror odyssey like no other that takes its visual and aural cues from some of cinema’s tallest genre giants.

A student and fan of experimental, exploitation and enigmatic cinema all the way from Sergei Eisenstein, Jean-Luc Godard, Abel Ferrara to Brian De Palma, Yann Gonzalez has always made shorts and feature films with an assured visual flair. Growing up, he saw cinema as an exciting secret - his parents forbid him to watch horror films (which made it all the more exciting when he finally sat down to watch the likes of Carrie and The Exorcist) and whilst studying film under the expert guidance of producer, writer and curator Nicole Brenez, Gonzalez developed a love for all modes and genres of filmmaking.

A master of homage with a killer eye for detail, our Sunday Brunches in July are a nod toward some of Gonzalez’s key influences – a cinematic trip across the varied landscapes of trash and exploitation cinema, the experimental and the underground to the European art house.

This season is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at

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Presented in partnership with Mubi.

Enjoy a whole month of hand-picked films on MUBI, plus four free cinema tickets with MUBI GO.

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Previous screenings in this season

Le Mepris  15  S  Blood + Homage

Le Mepris
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a sumptuously stylish and sardonic study of marital breakdown, artistic compromise, and the cinematic process.

Double Bill: Bird with the Crystal Plumage + The Driller Killer  18  S  Blood + Homage

Double Bill:  Bird with the Crystal Plumage + Driller Killer
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Join us for a double bill of two key titles from 1970’s that proved a key influence on the films of Yann Gonzalez - Abel Ferrara’s cult thriller Driller Killer; and a film which redefined the ‘giallo’ genre catapulting its director to international stardom – Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

Carrie  18   Blood + Homage

Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Sissy Spacek is heartbreaking as the telekinetic Cinderella who turns her school prom into a bloody massacre in Brian De Palma’s horror classic.