The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 92 minutes
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.
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