Friday, Mar 8 — Friday, Mar 22, 2013
Director, screenwriter, and artist Harmony Korine has developed an aesthetic as unique and bracing as any that launched in the heyday of 1990s American independent film. Korine made his name as the screenwriter of the nihilistic-teen movie Kids, but his own style—marked by a mix of transgressive prurience and humanistic ideals—came into its own in his 1997 directorial debut, Gummo. His next film, Julien Donkey-Boy, made according to the rules of the Dogme manifesto, further developed a style both appealingly lo-fi and feral. Fifteen years and several astonishingly bizarre features later, Korine’s latest, Spring Breakers, is something entirely new: a neon-bright neo-teensploitation movie starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco that is as poppy as it is provocative. This retrospective includes all of Korine’s directorial features and a preview screening of Spring Breakers, with the director in person.