King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh & cast members in person!)

Steven Soderbergh followed up his incendiary debut sex, lies and videotape and the admirable weirdness of 1991’s Kafka with this subtly strange, evocative Depression-era drama about a boy (played by future heartthrob Jesse Bradford) slowly forced to fend for himself. Confined to a scuzzy Midwestern hotel, bright and resourceful Aaron forges precarious connections with the colorful transients who occupy his accidental home. With systematic momentum, Soderbergh removes these parental surrogates (played memorably by Spalding Gray, Karen Allen, Adrien Brody, and Katherine Heigl) from the boy’s environment, one by one, resulting in an near-absurdist evocation of Aaron’s mounting isolation. Stylish and powerful, King of the Hill may be Soderbergh’s most underrated film, and is clearly one of his best. Schedule permitting, Steven Soderbergh and co-stars Jesse Bradford & Amber Benson will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Steven Soderbergh, 1993, 35mm, 109 min.

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