The Kids generation is back - and skateboarding down the red carpet. Larry Clark's new film The Smell of Us, the first he's made outside the United States, comes nearly twenty years after his scandal-stirring Kids.
The film's international distributor, Wild Bunch, confirmed that Larry Clark's new film will have its world premiere at Venice Days, and this latest entry on our lineup now rounds out the program of the independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival promoted by ANAC and 100Autori.
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The film will screen at Venice Days on Sunday, August 31.
Written with Mathieu Landais during Clark's "new life" in Paris, and starring Michael Pitt, Alex Martin, and Niseem Theillaud, The Smell of Us is, as the director puts it, "the portrait of a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris."
The film revolves around a group of kids who meet up everyday at the Dome, behind Paris' Museum of Modern Art and in front of the Eiffel Tower. Here they can skate, play around and even have sex. Two of them are inseparable, bonding over their dysfunctional families. But a sense of ennui, the allure of easy money and online anonymity will all have a hand in smashing their universe.
The Venice Days were born in 2004, as an independent event on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival, modeled on the prestigious Directors' Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors (Anac and 100autori).
The aim of the event is to draw attention to high quality cinema, without any kind of restriction, with special care for innovation, research, originality and independence. These are all features of the 12 films selected as well as being reflected in the special events held during the Days in the Villa degli Autori.
Ever since the first edition, the Days have come to represent a real alternative to the Festival´s official areas and an ideal and informal place for authors, producers, distributors and journalists to meet and discuss their ideas in an informal environment.
The 12 films selected from all over the world, in addition to other events and any special screenings, are screened in the theaters provided by the Venice Film Festival.
Four times a film from the Venice Days has won the top prize for new authors at the Venice Film Festival: the "Luigi De Laurentiis Award Lion of the Future".
Venice Days (a "non-competitive" section of the Festival) only official award has been the Label Europa Cinemas, dedicated to films produced and co-produced in Europe. The Label was created by a network of high-calibre European exhibitors, with the support of the EU´s MEDIA Programme. It consists of a financial contribution towards distribution and promotion, as well as a guarantee for the winning film that it will be shown in the cinemas belonging to the network.
All the films participating to the Days are also in competition for the parallel awards, with a ceremony due to take place on the last day of the Festival.
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Source: Venice Days