Written and directed by Matthew Barney
Music composed and directed by Jonathan Bepler
Produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation
River of Fundament is presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival.
A radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings, this epic film is the latest work by world-renowned art visionary Matthew Barney in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler.
Barney and Bepler fuse narrative cinema, live performance, sculpture and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of death alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry. Alluring, authentic and intense, this vast, multidimensional experience is interspersed with remarkable live performances filmed over six years. The film’s cast includes Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Aimee Mullins, Milford Graves and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Strictly 18+. Contains explicit material.
Running time: 6 hours with two 30min intermissions.
Drinks and tasty fare available at the Royce Bar - open before the performance and during intermission.Refreshments available in the West Lobby.
Note: The Terrace will be closed for a VIP lounge/champagne reception. The reception is free and exclusively for Artist Circle members.
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION:
The Cremaster Cycle
Hammer Museum - Bill Wilder Theater
Tue, Apr 21 - Thu, Apr 23 - 7:30pm
The Hammer Museum presents Matthew Barney's epic masterwork The Cremaster Cycle, screened in its entirety over the course of several days.
Hammer Conversation: Matthew Barney and Kenneth Reinhard
Billy Wilder Theater
Fri, Apr 24 - 7:30pm
Kenneth Reinhard, associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, will interview Matthew Barney about his unique cinematic approach.
River of Fundament Exhibition
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
The eponymous exhibition brings together large-scale sculptures, drawings, photographs and vitrines that were inspired by or made in conjunction with the film.