Experimental DJ and rapper Flying Lotus has his directorial debut Kuso screening as part of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s popular Midnight programme, but the film has promoted a severe number of walkouts from critics who’ve dubbed it as “the grossest movie ever made”.
Laden with challenging new music from the likes of Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus themselves, it is the startling and sordid imagery that has been getting the backs up of frosty journalists attending the annual independent festival in Utah. Described as “semi-connected short films chronicling the lives of the mutated women, men, and children of Los Angeles,” Kuso includes such sights as a boy growing a disembodied head by smearing it with feces, a man having sex with a woman’s talking boil (which continues talking even after its mouth has filled with semen), the stabbing of an erect penis, and George Clinton birthing a giant cockroach from his anus.
Here’s the peculiar trailer and poster from the upcoming release, along with the official word from Sundance…
Broadcasted through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived.
Welcome to the weird and wild mind of filmmaker Steven Ellison. Already acclaimed for his expansive psychedelic albums as musician Flying Lotus, Ellison steps behind the camera to direct this mind-altering freakshow of a first feature, co-written with David Firth and Zach Fox. Their unbridled imaginations plunge the audience into a magical mix of filth-covered fables and hypnotic animations to reveal a film rotting from the inside out. This outrageous fever dream counts influences all the way from David Cronenberg to The Ren & Stimpy Show and features performances from comedians Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker. From its jaw-dropping imagery to its stomach-churning special effects, Kuso is the kind of film you’ll never be able to un-see.