Permanent Green Light

Francia, 2018, 2K, 91', col.


Dennis Cooper, Zac Farley

Permanent Green Light

Roman is a teenager who is planning to blow himself up in public. He has no terrorist aims: this act will be his last and shocking attempt to escape from the empty life that awaits him in the future and to overcome the depression that grips him. He is surrounded by alienating suburbs, where apathetic young people are apparently detached from reality. With them he creates a group aimed at self-detonation. The acclaimed (and controversial) American writer Dennis Cooper, together with video artist Zac Farley (with whom he had previously worked on the feature film Little Cattle Towards Glory), brings to the big screen the disturbed and disturbing universe which is a feature of his books. The starting point of the film is a real event: the accidental death of an Australian teenager who declared himself a jihadist and blew himself up in a failed terrorist attack. Cooper and Farley turn this little-known, tragic anecdote into a contemporary parable, where spectacular and deliberately chosen death seems to be the only way to fill the void of a purposeless life.


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Californian writer and poet Dennis Cooper (1953) is considered by many people to be one of the most innovative novelists in contemporary literature. He has often been criticised because of his crude style and the disturbing themes he deals with. His novels include Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, All Ears, My Loose Thread, The Sluts, God Jr. He made his debut in directing and screenwriting in 2015, with the feature film Little Cattle Towards Glow, made with video artist Zac Farley, followed by Permanent Green Light (2018), presented at the last Rotterdam International Film Festival.