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Dharma Guns (La succession Starkov)

North american Premiere

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Hosted by Writer/Director FJ Ossang

Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2010

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« […] regarder DHARMA GUNS est une expérience forte, loin de notre réalité prosaïque et qui pourtant la reflète aussi […] » — Serge Kaganski, LES INROCKUPTIBLES

« Dans ce laboratoire d’expérimentations narratives, Chris Marker et William Burroughs croisent Henri Vernes et la SF punk de Metal Hurlant. » — Stéphane du Mesnildot, LES CAHIERS DU CINÉMA


Director: FJ Ossang
Screenplay: FJ Ossang
Cast: Guy McKnight, Elvire, Lionel Tua, Diogo Doria, FJ Ossang
Producers: Agnes B., Ana Costa
Print Source: UMedia

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The first images are captivating. A peaceful lake is stirred by the sudden arrival of a motorboat. Aboard is a venomous femme fatale, her eyes hidden by huge sunglasses. A cord from the boat leads to a waterskiing man. He dances on the water to the rhythm of Jello Biafra’s devilish music. The harmony of the moment is shattered by a kiss. Blown by the woman on the boat, it plunges the man under the waves.

Barely saved from a watery grave, the young Stan Van Der Decken (Guy McKnight, singer of the defunct punk band the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster) succumbs to the shock of the accident and slips into a deep coma. A victim of post-traumatic damage, he awakens with a section of his memory missing. Disoriented and adrift, he has no choice but to place himself in the hands of Jon, an agent of Starkov, his father’s powerful pharmaceutical firm. Stan slowly discovers that much has changed while he was shut off from the world. Changed for the worse. He is forbidden to contact his sister Delie who, following a series of crises, is wasting away in the family villa. A drug necessary for Stan’s spiritual survival is only available on the black market as it transforms its abusers into zombies. With the spread of this horror becoming an uncontrollable epidemic, Stan is safe only in his hotel room, where he works on the editing of a script commissioned by the mysterious Lofski. One evening, Stan is contacted by the Dharma Guns, a secret society seeking his manuscript, which may contain precious clues about time travel.

Defying any attempts at accurate description, DHARMA GUNS (LA SUCCESSION STARKOV) is an incandescent hallucination that eludes classification, a psychotropic feature film that flips the finger at archaic traditions of narrative cinema. Rejecting the classic linearity of the medium, DHARMA GUNS recalls the strategies of David Lynch in using the vestiges of a strange tale to drag the audience into a cinematic otherwhere, in which image and sound conspire to conjure a psychedelic experience. A Molotov cocktail of thriller and science fiction, this hypnotic work proudly flies the punk rock flag with its ferocious soundtrack, and 1920s Impressionism with its sublime black-and-white palette and effects recalling Jean Epstein. After a long silence, director FJ Ossang is at last behind the camera again, delivering a magisterial confirmation of his status as living legend of experimental film. Defenders of cinema from the edge, heed the call of the Dharma Guns!

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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