Kaboom wins Queer Palm! Signals the return to form of Gregg Araki

   Gregg Arki doesn't give a fuck.  I mean about somethings sure but lately he's been plotting his return, After the masterpiece Mysterious Skin (based on the breathtaking debut novel by Scott Heim) I thought Araki would finally catch hold of the success of his peers Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes (both were lumped in New Queer Cinema) as well as Steven Sodderberg and Quentin Tarritino but instead he made Smiley Face, a goofy stoner comedy staring the always lovely Anna Farris that saw limited release and did nothing to propel the buzz from the sexually charged and disturbing Mysterious Skin. Maybe he needed to shake it off- i don't really blame him. All that matters is that after a previously botched Sci-fi series for MTV (This Is The Way The World Ends)  he's ready to give us the apocalypse again. Last time he delta with sic-fi themes on screen it was aliens in Nowhere (and by extenuation abduction plots in Mysterious Skin) with Kaboom, his latest film it's conspiracy plots, murder, gorgeous ambisexual teen and twenty-somethings, guys named Thor, fruit loop colored contact lens and great music-so you know- a Gregg Araki Movie.

Kaboom just won the first Queer Palm (slightly unfortunate name) from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival (basically the Palme d'Or of LBGT films). Critics of the film were mesmerized by it, even the ones who found the hypersexual horror-comedy-thriller not to their taste everyone agreed it was a must see.  

I for one am a fan of Araki's hyper-stylized world of sexual obsession, rapid-fire dialogue and wonderfully creative swearing and look for ward to Kaboom finding US distribution.

CANNES Film Festival 2010: Full List Of Winners after the jump


Palme d’Or (Top Prize)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Grand Prix (Runner-Up)
Des Hommes Et Des Dieux, directed by Xavier Beauvois
Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director)
Mathieu Amalric for Tournée
Prix du Scenario (Best Screenplay)
Poetry by Lee Chang-dong
Camera d’Or (Best First Feature)
Año Bisiesto, directed by Michael Rowe
Prix du Jury (Jury Prize)
A Screaming Man, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
cannes1Prix d’interpretation feminine (Best Actress)
Juliette Binoche for Certified Copy
Prix d’interpretation masculine (Best Actor)
(tied) Javier Bardem for Biutiful
(tied) Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita
Palme d’Or (Short Film)
Chienne d’Histoire, directed by Serge Avedikian
(Previously Announced)
Un Certain Regard
Prize of Un Certain Regard to Ha Ha Ha, directed by Hong Sangsoo
Jury Prize to Octubre, directed by Daniel Vega & Diego Vega
Special Prize to Adela SanzhezEva BiancoVictoria Rapos in Los Labios
Directors Fortnight
Art Cinema Award to Pieds nus sur les limaces, directed by Fabienne Berthaud (France)
Prix SACD/SACD Prize to Illégal, directed Olivier Masset-Depasse (Belgium, Luxembourg, France).
Label Europa Cinemas to Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)
PRIX SFR to Cautare, directed Ionut Piturescu (Romania) and Mary Last Seen, directed by Sean Durkin (USA)
Palm Dog Award to Vuk in Le Quattro Volte
International Critics Week
Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique to Armadillo, directed by Janus Metz
SACD Prize to Bi, dung so!, directed by Phan Dang Di
ACID/CCAS Support: Bi, dung so!OFAJ (Very) Young Critic Award to Sound of Noise, directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjaerne Nilsson
Canal Plus Award for Best Short Film to Berik, directed by Daniel Joseph Borgman
Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film to Deeper Than Yesterday, directed by Ariel Kleiman
Fipresci Critics Awards
Cannes Competition to Tournée, directed by Mathieu Amalric
Un Certain Regard to Pal Adrienn, directed by Agnes Kocsis
Director’s Fortnight/Critics Week: Todos vos sodes capitans, directed by Olivier Laxe
Queer Palm Award
Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki

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