With Go Go Tales
, presented at midnight in a special Out of Competition screening, the unpredictable Abel Ferrara returns to Cannes fifteen years after his debut in Un Certain
Regard with Bad Lieutenant
. He was back the following year with Body Snatchers
in Competition; The Blackout
was an out-of-competition selection
in 1997, and, in 2001, R Xmas
showcased in Un Certain Regard. Go Go Tales
, the American director's new comedy, features the acting of Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins,
Matthew Modine, Asia Argento, and French actress Lou Doillon. It submerges us in the smoky world of strip-tease, with, as anti-hero, the pathetic but engaging manager of a Manhattan club. Faced
with imminent bankruptcy, he has to scramble to keep from going under, by any means possible.
Go Go Tales is Ferrara's valentine to the Times Square go-go dancing clubs where he used to hang out as a young man. Nostalgically, he recalls: "I'd get in under the tent
as the house director, and once inside, the first hit of seeing the girls never failed to blow my mind. They were truly fabulous: tall, cool, and g-stringed out. Maybe it was the combination of
near nude women, writhing in front of the well dressed guys, to music that always sounded better there than anywhere else, which makes the memory so long-lasting and vivid."
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