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“KABOOM” | writer-director, Gregg Araki

in Sundance Responses
on Jan 21, 2011

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Friday, Jan. 21, 8:30 pm — Prospect Square Theatre]

Our biggest surprise with Kaboom had to be the crazy standing ovation we got at our Cannes Premiere. I was in the Grand Palais, literally the hugest movie theatre I’ve ever seen, with five young actors from the cast, producers, crew, etc., all dressed up in our tuxes and the girls in these stunning gowns and we were all totally intimidated and terrified. I’d warned the actors that films often get booed in Cannes, even ones by major directors like Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola, etc., so we were petrified. One of the actors turned to me before the screening and said, “If they boo I’m going to cry.” But when the last shot of the movie hit — which, spoiler alert, is kind of crazy — the crowd cheered and the longest standing ovation I will likely ever experience in this lifetime began. The cast and I just kind of stood there shell-shocked, not knowing what to do. It was completely insane.

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