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Edition 2021

Films

Official Selection - In Competition

Awards:

Cannes – Competition Official Selection

Crew:

Screenplay: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematography: Drew Daniels
Production: A Cre Film Production

Red Rocket

A film by Sean Baker

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With a cast largely made up of non-actors, Sean Baker's new film, four years after The Florida Project, focuses once again on figures on the fringe of American society. In this case, a washed-up gay porn movie star who returns to his hometown (Texas City) to ask his ex-wife to take welcome him at her home for a while. The title of the film refers to a term that designates the erect penis of a dog and also serves as a metaphor for the individualistic and sometimes stigmatizing inhumanism of a system that treats its "outlaws" literally "below a dog" and cancels every illusory American dream with “sanitary fences” around those who are often the deforming mirror that gives us back a guilty image that we neither want to see nor like to understand as our own.
  • Cast:

    Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod
  • Original Title:

    Red Rocket
  • Country:

    United States of America
  • Year:

    2021
  • 128’ Subtitles: PT

Awards:

Cannes – Competition Official Selection

Crew:

Screenplay: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematography: Drew Daniels
Production: A Cre Film Production

Director

Sean Baker

The 50-year-old New York director graduated in Cinema Studies at New York University, having previously studied non-linear editing at another school. He gained more notoriety from his fifth feature, Tangerine (2015), mainly due to the combination of formal risk (it was filmed using three iPhone 5S smartphones) and the subject, the story of a transsexual prostitute who discovers she is being betrayed by her boyfriend and pimp. In 2008, Sean Baker had already explored, in Prince of Broadway, a story in the same vein as Red Rocket, by portraying a street prostitute who sees his life get complicated when his ex-girlfriend seeks him out to tell him she has his child, whose existence he was unaware of. But it is with The Florida Project that he confirms his talent and ability not only to film with naturalness and vivacity the worlds of those who exist outside the world, but also to capture with an esthetic eye realities that could at first appear unattractive or even ugly.
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