Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

You Don't Nomi


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 92 minutes

You Don't Nomi
You Don't Nomi

Upon its release, Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 drama, “Showgirls” was disparaged as pure trash, reviled for its over-the-top performances, baffling script, and demeaning attitude towards women. Rated NC-17, its frequent nudity, bombastic sex scenes, and explicit violence only added to the chorus of hate surrounding “Showgirls.” Audiences rejected lead character, Nomi, and her rise to the top as a Vegas showgirl, going on to award the film with seven Razzies, including “Worst Picture.” After years of widespread criticism, “Showgirls” found a home amongst other iconic flops in the drag and midnight movie communities. With screenings initially created to mock the film, its resurgence led some to reassess and genuinely embrace the enigmatic cult classic. Utilizing documentary as cinematic essay, YOU DON’T NOMI approaches “Showgirls” from all angles as it juggles archival footage, oral histories (from fans and haters alike), scene breakdowns, and wider concepts at the intersection of taste, camp, and artistic intention. Is “Showgirls” a secret masterpiece? Is it undeniably awful? Or can a film be both at once? Slip into your most exquisite “Versayce” and decide for yourself. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:05 PM ET

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:20 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Jeffrey McHale

Jeffrey McHale, Ariana Garfinkel, Suzanne Zionts, Zel McCarthy

Jeffrey McHale

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