TRASH HUMPERS / SPRING BREAKERSyear-round
March 20, 2019 | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
Discussion between films with director Harmony Korine, moderated by Aaron Rose.
35 mm!10th Anniversary!
2009, Drag City, 78 min, Dir: Harmony Korine
A gang of elderly people wander the nighttime back alleys of Nashville, hidden behind grotesque latex masks, causing general chaos until they find the perfect discarded junk to gyrate against. Korine’s attempt to make a project as fast as possible resulted in a damaged, non-aesthetic style shot and edited entirely on VHS. This non-narrative, utterly uncategorizable movie has elements of zombie horror, black comedy, cultural satire and home video. A love letter to a bizarre subculture Korine himself created for the film, TRASH HUMPERS plays like a thrift-store digger’s ultimate found-footage score … if they were hunting through the greatest Goodwill in Hell.
2012, A24, 94 min, Dir: Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine presents a bold new vision of the seasonal American ritual known as “spring break” – the bacchanalia of bikinis, beach parties and beer bongs that draws hordes of college students to the Florida coast and elsewhere each year. Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are best friends anxious to cut loose on their own spring break adventure, but they lack sufficient funds. After holding up a restaurant for quick cash, the girls head to the shore in a stolen car for what they discover is the party of a lifetime. They’re thrown in jail – but quickly bailed out by Alien (James Franco), a local rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer who lures them into a criminal underbelly that’s as lurid as it is liberating for a close-knit gang of girlfriends who are still figuring out their path.
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