When Chicago’s Music Box Theatre announced that it would be hosting a Harmony Korine retrospective, you knew New York City would have to respond. After all, it was while he was an NYU student that Korine got his big break, when Larry Clark tapped him to write that enduring classic, Kids. Sure enough, Metrograph has picked up the gauntlet and just announced its own retrospective dedicated to the director they describe as “the kickflipping skate rat Rimbaud of Washington Square Park.”
The series, kicking off March 22, will include a members-only screening of Korine’s latest, The Beach Bum, in which Matthew McConaughey plays the titular waterfront wastrel. (Despite New York being Korine’s “least favorite place to come back to,” the Nashville resident will appear at the screening.) The stoner comedy, a trippy trailer for which was released last month, also features Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg, who collaborated on a new song, “Moonfog,” released last week.
In a way, the Korine series is a continuation of Metrograph’s recent Gaspar Noé retrospective, since Noé’s director of photography Benoît Debie is responsible for the lollipop colors of both The Beach Bum and Korine’s previous Florida-set movie, Spring Breakers. (Which, yes, you’ll get to watch during spring break.)
Also screening at Metrograph are Korine’s less conventional films: Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Ken Park, Trash Humpers, and Mister Lonely, a movie about a Michael Jackson impersonator that is likely be doubly weird in the wake of Leaving Neverland. If you’re hoping to see footage from Korine’s unreleased movie Fight Harm, in which he provoked random people into beating the shit out of him, now is the time to beg Metrograph to show it.
The full schedule for the series will be released soon. In the meantime, head over to Metrograph to read more.