The Wild Boys


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Preceded by the short film, Ultraviolet.

French filmmaker Bertrand Mandico’s genre-and gender-bending surrealist work wickedly transforms Lord of the Flies as it zigzags through a perverse, hyper-stylized world of transgressions.

“A heady, sexually charged take on Lord of the Flies — an exciting sail on the waters of gender fluidity that energetically skewers any notion of the binary.” – Katie Walsh, Washington Post

In this hypnotically nightmarish adventure, five well-bred teenage boys (all played by women), are enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime. After committing a heinous act (aided by Trevor, a deity of chaos they can’t control), they’re punished by being sent out to sea on board a boat with a barbaric captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. Landing on a magical island populated by bizarre animals and lascivious plants, the boys begin to transform in both mind and body. Shot in gorgeous 16mm and brimming with eroticism, gender fluidity and humor, The Wild Boys gleefully breaks taboos and blends a rogue’s gallery of idiosyncratic influences – Buñuel, Fassbinder, von Sternberg, Genet, Maddin, Haynes – with outrageous vulgarity and aesthetic refinement in a phantasmagorical visual feast that journeys into uncharted cinematic territory. (Dir. by Bertrand Mandico, 2018, France, in French/English with   English subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Rotterdam; Venice; Outfest LA | Tucson Premiere

A woman named Kanchana is using voodoo on scorpions in a rain-forest at night in Thailand under the influence of ultraviolet lights. DIRECTED BY Marc Johnson, 2018, France, 9 mins.

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