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Directors Larry Clark and Paolo Sorrentino find new projects

Joshua Brunsting

May 22nd, 2012

While there are a handful of shock-jock filmmakers (Harmony Korine, for example), few are as brutally honest and uncompromising as KIDS and KEN PARK director Larry Clark. Best known for pushing content boundaries for what can and can’t be shown on the big screen, it’s been a minute since we saw Clark in the theaters. However, that’s now going to change.

The director apparently has two projects currently in the works, both of which sound quite interesting.

First up (and hat tip to The Playlist for uncovering both of these films), MK2 reports that Clarke will be directing a film entitled THE SMELL OF US, based on an idea from poet Mathieu Landais.

Following that  production the busy director will helm film MARFA GIRL, about “three local characters whose lives intersect in a dramatic and tragic twist." That project will be set in the titular Texas city, and sounds like yet another boundary-pusher for the ever provocative Clark.

While I find myself either loving (KIDS) or hating (BULLY, WASSUP ROCKERS) his films, I really can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve. It’s been a while, so hopefully these projects can see a growth for Clark, a director who really needs to prove something here.

Speaking of proving something, Variety reports that Paolo Sorrentino (director behind the inept and dull THIS MUST BE THE PLACE as well as the brilliant IL DIVO) is set to helm a film entitled LA GRANDE BELLEZZA. Set in Italy, the film will star Toni Servillo, and will feature “the city of Rome and its grotesque glamorous society and arts world underbelly.” Count me in.

Source The Playlist Variety

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