indieWIRE has an exclusive clip from Harmony Korine’s (“Gummo,” “Mister Lonely”) latest, “Trash Humpers,” which, crazily enough, delivers pretty literally on the film’s title. Shot in an ultra lo-fi aesthetic in Korine’s hometown of Nashville, the film is set to premiere tomorrow, September 12, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
According to TIFF: “A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare, ‘Trash Humpers’ follows a small group of elderly ‘Peeping Toms’ through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have never been seen before. Inhabiting a world of broken dreams and beyond the limits of morality, they crash against a torn and frayed America. Bordering on an ode to vandalism, it is a new type of horror—palpable and raw.”
“I remember when I was a child there was a small group of elderly people who would hang out in the back alleys and under bridges by my house,” said Korine in a director’s statement. “They always seemed to be getting drunk and dancing. One night I looked out my bedroom window and saw a group of them humping trash cans and laughing. It sounded like they were speaking a strange invented language. This is a movie about them.”
“Trash Humpers” will also screen at the New York Film Festival on October 1.