West Coast Premiere
BLISS is one of two Joe Begos features landing at this year’s festival (the other being VFW). Without a doubt, BLISS is his most accomplished, outlandish, and downright fucked-up film yet. Dora Madison does a star turn as Dezzy, an artist that has lost her muse and is on the way to losing her agent, her apartment, and her career…that is, until her dealer gives her a hit of “bliss,” a new drug on the street. After dosing, she stays out all night getting wrecked and hooking up in threesomes, and awakes the next day with renewed inspiration to tackle her painting in a way she hasn’t in months. Convinced she has a thirst for blood, her cravings for the drug escalate, as does her creative output; her masterpiece takes shape while she herself spirals out of control.
You’re never quite sure what’s real and what’s hallucinatory in BLISS’ eighty-minute assault on the senses. Shot on 16mm, guerrilla-style, Begos achieves the kind of grit and dirt exemplified in DRILLER KILLER and MANIAC. Hyper-stylised, beautifully shot and lit, BLISS is an absolutely unrelenting shotgun to the face of a film.
Director: Joe Begos
Hulu Theatre @The Egyptian