This Monday, May 2nd, San Francisco will welcome UK rockers Tindersticks to participate in the City’s annual International Film Festival: Tindersticks will play live along with a montage of scenes from films by French filmmaker Claire Denis. Tindersticks frontman Stuart Staples has been working with Denis for the past 15 years to create the scores for her films, and as a result, we have a unique event taking place at the Castro Theatre (8:30 pm, $30/general, $25/members).

Technicians have scoured archives to collect the original elements and assemble strikingly sensual and alternately meditative and shocking clips from Nénette et Boni, Trouble Every Day, Friday Night, The Intruder, 35 Shots of Rum and White Material (the 2009 stunner featuring Isabelle Huppert). For this special event, fellow Tindersticks members David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dan KcKinna and Earl Harvin join Staples, augmented by additional musicians on strings and brass. The full ensemble will do dramatic justice to Denis’s visionary cinema through gorgeously dark-hued music that blends subtle guitar strumming and delicate violin arpeggios with otherworldly percussion and atmospheric washes of symphonic color over which Staples croons in his inimitable baritone.

Check out a sampler stream of Tindersticks’ film scores, along with videos of scenes from Denis’ films featuring Tindersticks, after the jump:

TINDERSTICKS – Claire Denis Film Scores BOX SET PREVIEW by Constellation Records

Tindersticks – Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009 – White Material from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

Tindersticks РClaire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009 РN̩nette et Boni from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

Tindersticks – Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009 – 35 Rhums from Constellation Records on Vimeo.