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THE SMELL OF US
by Larry Clark
World premiere
France, 2014, 87', color, DCP

screenplay SCRIBE, Larry Clark
cinematography Hélène Louvart
editing Marion Monnier
music Howard Paar
art direction Natalia Brilli
cast Lukas Ionesco (Math)
Diane Rouxel (Marie), Theo Cholbi (Pacman)
Hugo Behar-Thinieres (JP), Rayan Ben Yaiche (Guillaume)
Adrien Binh Doan (Minh), Maxime Terin (Toff)
Valentin Charles (Toff's friend), Niseema (Catherine)
Dominique Frot (Math's mother), Philippe Rigot (Old client)
Valerie Maes (Christelle), Jean-Christophe Quenon (JP's father)

producer Gérard Lacroix
Christophe Mazodier, Pierre-Paul Puljiz
production Morgane Production
Polaris Film Production & Finance
Polyester

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In Paris, the same crew of skate kids meet up every day at The Dome - behind the Museum of Modern Art, opposite the Eiffel Tower - to skateboard, goof off and get stoned as they ignore the smart crowd of art lovers. They are inseparable, bound by complicated family ties. Boredom, the lure of easy money and the anonymity of the Internet all have a role in tearing their world apart.
"I've wanted to make a film about French youth since I went to Cannes with my first filmKids in 1995. I met some French teenagers and I invited them to the premiere of Kids. I ended up hanging out with them and photographing them while in Cannes and learned about teenage culture in France and even went to their homes and met their parents and had dinners with them. I knew then I could make a film in France about youth and that I was interested." [Larry Clark]

Have Larry Clarke's Kids grown up since their brilliant debut nearly twenty years ago? True, they've gone on tour, and now they're skating through historic urban landscapes as well as 'non-places' recreated in the heart of Paris, but that same self-destructive vitality is still there. It's not the sex on display or the other extreme provocations, in the kids' thirst for love that smells of death, that's the scandal today, but the almost idyllic intervals of kindness, in the void momentarily filled with an all too human kindness, as the kids seek without finding. In a sense, this film closes a circle: it stages itself, just as the camera of one of the characters continuously films the counter-melody of the images captured by the filmmaker. Clark's new movie is a confession; it takes stock and opens a door, absurdly enough, to allow an (im)possible escape. [Giorgio Gosetti]

LARRY CLARK (1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma) began his professional experience at age 15 taking pictures of babies. He later attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. In 1964 he moved to New York to work freelance, but was drafted to serve in Vietnam. When he went back to Tulsa, he continued photographing his friends - the basis for his book Tulsa (1971), which he followed up with other photographic works such asTeenage Lust and The Perfect Childhood. His works have been exhibited in prestigious museums. In 1993 he made his directorial debut with the music video for Solitary Man by American singer-songwriter Chris Isaak. Two years later, he directed his first feature-length film, Kids (1995, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival), which established him as one of the most controversial and influential directors of our time. His films Bully (2001) and Ken Park (2002) both screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival. His latest feature-length film, Marfa Girl (2012), won the Golden Marc'Aurelio at the Rome Film Festival.

2014 The Smell of Us
2012 Marfa Girl
2006 Destricted (segment Impaled)
2006 Wassup Rockers
2002 Ken Park
2001 Bully
1998 Another Day in Paradise
1995 Kids

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