On the occasion of the premiere of their new feature film, Permanent Green Light, we invited Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley to program two films they had on their minds while making it. The works they selected share their own film’s aesthetic concerns and eerie atmosphere of political indeterminacy: Philippe Grandrieux’s transfixing Un lac and James Benning’s anti-psychological take on “true crime,” Landscape Suicide. Cooper and Farley will introduce both films, elaborating on the connections between these haunting works and Permanent Green Light.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Dennis Cooper and Zac FarleyIn Cooper and Farley’s tense new feature set in the French suburbs, a young man wishes to blow himself up in public for no reason other than the sheer spectacle of the act.
Introduction by Dennis Cooper and Zac FarleyIn Grandrieux’s fable-like tale, a family ekes out a primitive existence deep in the middle of a forest, until one day a mysterious stranger arrives. Blurry, desaturated landscape photography evokes Gerhard Richter and Casper David Friedrich.
Introduction by Dennis Cooper and Zac FarleyFor his career-long excavation of the American national character, James Benning found two of his most striking case studies in Bernadette Protti and Ed Gein, a pair of murderers whose crimes took place 30 years and more than half the country apart.
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