RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
“Too grand, too ambitious, contains moments far too beautiful and grotesque to reckon with” New York Observer
Five hours long and over seven years in the making, Matthew Barney’s epic 2014 film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT receives a rare screening at Sonica 2017. Loosely based on Norman Mailer’s novel of the Egyptian pharaohs, Ancient Evenings – a book Barney loves, despite its critical slating – the film explores themes of decay and reincarnation, of digestion and consumption, of the end of one kind of life and the birth of another. With a cast that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Salman Rushdie, and Barney himself, and music by celebrated composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney’s film is ambitious, surreal, scatological, satirical, confrontational, awe-inspiring – and always surprising.
“A brilliantly rendered, giddily self-referential satire of contemporary American culture” The Guardian