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Wild at Heart: Writer Barry Gifford

Saturday, December 8, 2012
9:10 p.m. Perdita Durango
Álex de la Iglesia (Spain/Mexico/U.S., 1997)

Uncut European Version!
Introduction/Barry Gifford

Javier Bardem with a mullet—that’s just the beginning of a randy ride through this adaptation of Gifford’s notorious 59° and Raining, a singed saga of tainted love between carnivorous Ms. Durango (Rosie Perez) and her beastie boy Romeo Dolorosa (unabashed Bardem), Santeria priest and all-round psychopath. This unbridled couple kidnaps two corn-bred Midwesterners, Duane and Estelle, abusing them while heading towards Vegas with a cargo of stolen fetuses for an illegal cosmetics firm. Spanish cult director Álex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast) thought he would break into the American market with this epic of excess. This is, however, a breakout role for Bardem who just about breaks out of his skin looking like the lead singer in a death metal band.

• Written by de la Iglesia, Barry Gifford, Jose Guerricaechevarria, David Trueba, based on the novel 59° and Raining by Gifford. Photographed by Flavio Martínez Laviano. With Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem, James Gandolfini, Don Stroud. (126 mins, In English with some subtitled Spanish, Color, 35mm)