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USA, 1997 (MIFF 2011, MIFF 60th Retrospective)

Director: Harmony Korine


"No conceivable competition will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Mr. Korine's debut feature." - New York Times

From the controversy and brutal honesty of Kids to the freak-show delinquency of Trash Humpers (MIFF 2010), writer and filmmaker Harmony Korine has never been one to toe the creative line, forever pushing the envelope of what's acceptable in cinema. This has never been so perfectly realised as it was in his 1997 small-town suburban nightmare Gummo (MIFF 1998), his directorial debut.

Passing time in the town of Xenia, a place that never recovered from a tornado in the 70s, the residents sniff glue, kill cats and tinker with life-support machines, all out of mind-numbing boredom. Each hiding or wearing proudly their own brand of perversion, nothing seems normal and no one seems to care. It's a nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to live there.

D/S Harmony Korine P Cary Woods WS Hollywood Classics TD 35mm/1997

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