Todd Haynes' landmark American indie film "Poison" is getting a week-long run at New York's IFC Center to celebrate the movie's 20th anniversary. A new 35mm print of the 1990 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner will run from Wednesday, November 10 through Tuesday, November 16 at the downtown Manhattan theater.
The 1990 film not only ushered in the New Queer Cinema movement that took hold at Sundance early in the decade, but is regarded as a seminal work of American cinema during the era of independent film that blossmed during that period. The movie was Haynes' first feature film, made in the wake of his popular underground short, "Superstar."
In the words of an IFC Center description today, the film is, "An audacious cross-contamination of genres and tones, the segments range from a documentary-like investigation of a traumatized middle school student, to a 50s-style medical horror movie and a grittily lyrical tale of a prison obsession."
Inspired by the work of Jean Genet, "Poison" is composed of three segments: Hero, Horror, and Homo.
Director Todd Haynes will appear in person with the film on November 11th. "Poison" will screen throughout its run with Ira Sach's new short film, "Last Address."