3, 2, 1, KABOOM! Gregg Araki at Cannes

By: Christopher Donaldson

During the 1990s, independent cinema veered in an entirely new direction under the aggressive artistic tutelage of Todd Haynes, Isaac Julien, Derek Jarman and Gregg Araki. Dealing unashamedly, even antagonistically, with queer theory, politics, identity and sexuality, the revolutionary movement came to be known as New Queer Cinema, a phrase coined by critic and feminist, B. Ruby Rich.

Cinematic rebel Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, The Living End, Smiley Face) is back to challenge the heteronormative with his 11th feature Kaboom, which premiered at this year's 2010 Cannes International Film Festival. The film follows a young man named Smith who is enmeshed in the murder of a red-headed girl from his dreams. According to the official synopsis, Kaboom is a "hyper-stylized TWIN PEAKS for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super hot young cast," and hallucinogenic cookies.

Watch the clip after the jump.

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