Denis has gone on to make a number of films grappling with France's—and the West's— colonial past, notably the Melville reworking “Beau Travail” and 2009's “White Material.” Denis has also made a number of dramas of disturbing interpersonal relations, microcosms of the national relationships her post-colonial work explores: films like “Nenette and Boni” and her bleak, vicious, fascinating gender-fuck of an erotic horror film “Trouble Every Day."
Denis showed another film at Cannes this year, “Bastards,” which has an imminent French release, though not yet a U.S. one. But In the meantime, however, here is an extensive conversation between critic Eric Hynes and Denis at the Walker Arts Center last fall. It's an in depth, career-spanning discussion that finds Denis, in her modest, reflective way, unspooling her thoughts on her own African childhood, multilingual and multinational film-making, and the role of music in the movies. For fans of her work it's a must watch—enjoy.