KILLING IT …

by on 29 June 2016

Κilling it: Elle Fanning And The Stars Of The Neon Demon…

Τhis Summer, Elle Fanning, Bella Heathcote, And Abbey Lee Star As Ruthless Models In The Most Talked-about Film To Come Out Of Cannes. Along With The Film’s Notorious Director, Nicolas Winding Refn, They Discuss The Mutual Attraction Between Horror And Fashion

“What’s it feel like—you walk into a room, it’s like in the middle of winter, and you’re the sun?” About halfway through Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, in theaters now, real-life model Abbey Lee poses this question to Elle Fanning. A relative mainstay from the cutthroat underbelly of the Los Angeles modeling world, Abbey Lee’s Sarah is clearly threatened by Fanning’s Jesse, a nubile new recruit. After only one casting, the younger model is receiving the Aphrodite treatment from the fashion industry. In response to Sarah’s desperation, Jesse musters a mimetic reply, more menacing than confident: “It’s everything.” With this line, the hoary twenty-something is eviscerated by her teenage replacement. It’s these impassive moments—hollowed out and flattened, save for their hyperstylized cruelty—in which Refn’s new opus strikes its most cutting tone

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