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River of Fundament (N/C 18+)

29 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Five hours long and over seven years in the making, Matthew Barney’s operatic River of Fundament receives a rare screening as part of Sonica 2017. Loosely based on Norman Mailer’s novel 'Ancient Evenings' – a book Barney loves, despite its critical slating – the film explores themes of decay and reincarnation, of digestion and consumption, of the end of one kind of life and the birth of another. With a cast that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Salman Rushdie, and Barney himself, and music by Jonathan Bepler, Barney’s film is ambitious, surreal, scatological, satirical, confrontational, awe-inspiring – and always surprising.

Running order:
11.00 – 13.09 Act I (2h09m)
20 minute interval
13.29 – 15.09 Act II (1h40m)
20 minute interval
15.29 – 17.04 Act III (1h35m)

Presented by Sonica

  • Director Matthew Barney
  • Composer Jonathan Bepler
  • Cast Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Salman Rushdie
  • Running time 5h59m (includes 2x 20m intervals)
  • Certificate N/C 18+
  • Country USA
  • Year of production 2014
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