Coming soon: “Love,” the latest provocation from firebrand film auteur Gaspar Noé is about to receive a rushed eleventh-hour screening at Walker Art Center.
Shot in stereoscopic 3D, the film presents a hyper-erotic romantic melodrama between an American boy living in Paris and two girls, to a soundtrack of Bach, Erik Satie and Funkadelic. After setting the Cannes Film Festival atwitter with its blood, tears and other bodily fluids, “Love” was shunned by mainstream U.S. distributors and would not have appeared at Twin Cities theaters.
Unrated by the MPAA, it contains adult content, including the sort of explicit sexuality expected from the rebellious Noé, whose 2009 “Enter the Void” features a point-of-view shot that journeys up a woman’s fallopian tube. It is produced by Vincent Marval, best known for 2013’s sexually transgressive “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”
Independent film distributor Alchemy, whose recent successes include “Fading Gigolo,” “What Maisie Knew,” “Rampart” and “Bernie” is handling its North American release in limited public showings.
“When we found out that this film was not going to be shown in this area, we added this last minute opportunity to see the film as Gaspar Noé intended, just as it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in a theater and in 3D,” said Sheryl Mousley, Walker’s senior curator for film.
“Love” screens 10 p.m. Saturday in the Walker cinema. Tickets ($9 for the general public, $7 for Walker members, students and seniors) are on sale now online at walkerart.org and 612-375-7600.