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Rome Interview: Larry Clark On 'Marfa Girl,' The Role Of The Writer & How He Became Fearless

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 23, 2012 9:02 AM
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In the 17 years and 6 films since his excoriating debut "Kids," Larry Clark has gradually slipped off many radars, as detractors claimed that precisely what had so shocked and impressed in his early work (explicit sex, violence and drug taking amongst photogenic teenagers) was becoming irrelevant at best, and exploitative at worst. But perhaps his latest film, "Marfa Girl," the first in a mooted trilogy, which won the top prize at the Rome Film Festival, will change their minds.

Larry Clark Says The Remake Of 'Mona Lisa' Is Dead, But A ‘Marfa Girl’ Trilogy Is In The Cards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 13, 2012 3:45 PM
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For a filmmaker, being lost in the woods of development or financing is never fun. We always lament the absence of a filmmaker who’s spent far too much time away from the game trying to get a labor-of-love project off the ground (you can see examples of such features here, here and here); the purgatory must be a frustrating type of hell.

Rome Review: 'Marfa Girl' Hints At Larry Clark's Possible Evolution As A Filmmaker

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 13, 2012 11:37 AM
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Teenagers fuck, get each other pregnant, fight, take drugs, and are disaffected. So far, so very, very Larry Clark. But “Marfa Girl” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival last night, also foregrounds elements that haven’t historically cropped up quite so regularly in the filmmaker’s back catalog, like race relations, spirituality, and adults defined in ways other than their effect on teens, including, rarest of all, a functional and mutually loving parent/child relationship. It also boasts an intriguing structure whereby you might think it’s business as usual for the first two thirds, until in the final act, tension that you hadn’t really been aware of building comes to a head, almost the way you might expect in a genre film -- a psychological thriller or a horror perhaps -- as the bad guy gets what’s coming to him and the harmonious community is thus exorcised of its chief demon.

Exclusive: Clip & Behind The Scenes Photos From Larry Clark's 'Marfa Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 1:12 PM
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Tonight, Larry Clark premieres "Marfa Girl" at the Rome Film Festival, his first full-length feature in seven years -- his last was 2005's "Wassup Rockers" -- and a picture that is boldly embracing the changing landscape of movie distribution. And we've got a peek behind the curtain with an exclusive clip from the film along with several behind-the-scenes photos from the production.

First Look: 20 New Photos From Larry Clark's Culture Clash Drama 'Marfa Girl' That He Will Release Online For $5.99

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 4:48 PM
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"Kids" filmmaker Larry Clark is embracing the digital age. With his latest "Marfa Girl" set to unspool at the Rome Film Festival, the director reveals that will be the only place where you can see his latest on the big screen. "I will put the film on my first and only website, larryclark.com, which is the only place one will ever be able to see the film....It will stream for $5.99 for access to the film for 24 hours....This is the future and the future is now....Most and very soon almost all the small theaters that show Indie and Art films will be gone...." he said in his director's statement.

Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III' Leads Rome Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:06 AM
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So....that's it? With early rumors pointing to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Gabriele Muccino's Gerard Butler-starring comedy "Playing For Keeps," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," and Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller has unveiled this year's slate for his inaugural Rome Film Festival, and those expecting big stars and big-name movies will be disappointed.

'Kids' Director Larry Clark Returns With 'The Smell Of Us' And 'Marfa Girl'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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Looks like American enfant terrible Larry Clark is finally stepping up to the plate after a long absence. Independent French cinema group mk2 recently sat down with documentary producers Gérard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz, and the two revealed they would be involved in the new project from the often-controversial filmmaker behind "Kids," entitled "The Smell Of Us." Puljiz, who centered doc "Larry Clark, Great American Rebel" on the director, met with Lacroix after he expressed desire in adapting Clark's novel "Tulsa."

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