Previously at the ICA - Films
3 Feb 2012 – 16 Feb 2012
"A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea." Terry Gilliam
"A mosaic that evokes the three ages of man in a post-apocalyptic America." NY Times
Bombay Beach is a dreamlike poem that tells three very different personal stories through a stylized melding of observational documentary with dance to music composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut, and the songs of Bob Dylan.
Salton Sea's barren Bombay Beach is a faded, rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom in the middle of the Colorado desert. Alma Har'el- photographer, video artist, and music video director- turns her camera on this extraordinary landscape and with immense energy and verve she captures three lives spat out there, on the wrong side of the broken American Dream. Har'el introduces us to: Benny Parrish, a young boy whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family; CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager hiding from an LA gang who have murdered his cousin; and Red, an ageing oil field worker, living on whisky, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity. The result is a moving and madly inventive experience quite unlike anything in modern cinema.
Dir. Alma Har'el, USA, 2011, 80mins