AIDS is probably the most private and the strongest work of Gaspar Noé. Experimental documentary following the last moments of an HIV-positive person in Burkina Faso, Noé's work shows a rare realism and darkness without being voyeuristic. There is no message. Just the assessment of a live going away.
Dieudonné Ilboudo eventually died 3 or 4 months after the shooting, according to Gaspar Noé. Back then, Noé raised the possibility of shooting a long version of this short, without giving any news of this project during years. We learnt during the promotion of Love that he'd like to do a documentary with all cinematography tricks (with long-takes and special effects) in Black Africa. Could it be a "sequel" to AIDS ? Wait and see...
The director had already talked about AIDS in Sodomites (controlled by French Ministry of Health and Canal +, 1998), Intoxication (1998), and two prevention spots (controlled by the Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES) and Ministry of Health, 2004)
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