Monday, February 07, 2022

Good Morning, Flux Gourmet

Anything else I might have had planned for this morning -- although let's be real, I never have anything planned -- went right out the window as soon as I saw an email in my email inbox from IFC Midnight containing the new teaser trailer for director Peter Strickland's latest movie. I can prove it, too:

Tweets can be entered into a court of law, right? I am sure our last president made that a thing. Anyway the movie is called Flux Gourmet and I have talked about it before, way back in July when news broke of it -- starring Strickland's usual cast of beloved oddballs, and oh I see you all over this thing, my queen Fatma Mohamed...

... along with the newcomer and name-recognized Asa Butterfield (he's now starred in both a Spielberg movie and a Peter Strickland movie, fer chrissakes!) Flux Gourmet tackles, in usual Stricklandian fashion, a war of wills breaking out inside a gastrointestinal culinary institute. The plot description IFC sent today is a little longer than the first one, but no less delightful, so I'll share that with you too:

"A sonic collective who can’t decide on a name takes up a residency at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance. The members Elle di Elle, Billy Rubin and Lamina Propria are caught up in their own power struggles, only their dysfunctional dynamic is furthermore exacerbated when they have to answer to the institute’s head, Jan Stevens. With the various rivalries unfolding, Stones, the Institute’s ‘dossierge’ has to privately endure increasingly fraught stomach problems whilst documenting the collective’s activities. 

Upon hearing of Stones's visits to the gastroenterologist, Dr Glock, Elle coerces him into her performances in a desperate bid for authenticity. The reluctant Stones puts up with the collective’s plans to use his condition for their art whilst Jan Stevens goes to war with Elle over creative differences."

I swear I love this man's brain so much. I cannot wait to crawl back into it and roll around. I do suddenly realize all of a sudden that maybe some of you don't have Peter Strickland's name memorized (aka branded on your backside) yet and I haven't mentioned who exactly he is -- he previously directed Berberian Sound Studio, In Fabric, and The Duke of Burgundy, and if you haven't seen any of those movies I recommend you fall down this particular rabbit-hole immediately, as he's one of my favorite working directors -- we're talking like top five here, right alongside David Lynch and Todd Solondz. 

Basically I think he's a genius and I will follow him anywhere at this point. So Flux Gourmet is premiering at the Berlinale Fest (which runs from February 10th - 20th) and then IFC is saying the film premieres in theaters and on demand "this summer." That doesn't give me the exact number of days to count but I am counting them anyway. Here's the trailer:

And after the jump I have a few stills that they sent...


Louise said...

I cannot wait for this! Love Strickland so much!!

Shawny said...

It looks pompously highbrow, but it's probably the way the trailer comes off. I hate indie trailers. The classical music that's in all of them is equal to the "and only one man" schtick.