The American indie maverick, Gregg Araki is back with his latest film Kaboom, premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This is the L.A.-based filmmaker’s first inclusion in Cannes’ official selection. At 50-years-old, his 11th feature film will be playing in this year’s midnight section.
Araki recalls his work as a tyro director, saying. “It’s definitely an old school Gregg Araki cult movie. For those people who think all of Gregg Araki’s movies suck except Mysterious Skin, they’re probably not going to be thrilled. But it was super-fun to make.” The new film which also stars Kelly Lynch, James Duval, Rooney Mara, Roxane Mesquida is being hailed as a mix of elements from Twin Peaks. The story follows the exploits of a young heartthrob named Smith (Thomas Dekker), who after eating some hallucinogenic cookies, finds himself embroiled in the gruesome murder of an enigmatic red-haired-girl from his dreams. According to the official synopsis, the mystery of her death will “forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.” Check out the trailer below.