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News From Nowhere

A handsome but arrogant immigrant settles into an Atlantic seaside town in this shapeless drama.

With: Demian Gabriel, Viva Hoffman, Nicole La Liberte, Olga Liriano, Justine Crawford, Dale Slomoff.

A handsome but arrogant immigrant settles into an Atlantic seaside town in the shapeless and frankly dull uber-low-budget drama “News From Nowhere.” The first pic in 12 years to credit onetime Warhol collaborator Paul Morrissey (“Trash”) as sole writer-helmer, “Nowhere” will probably at least generate fest bookings beyond Venice, where it debuted on the appeal of Morrissey’s rep alone. However, only die-hard fans could love this meandering mess.

Hispanophone Ed (strapping but wooden Demian Gabriel) arrives by boat from an unknown country to seek his fortune in a likewise unnamed town that looks like Maryland or one of the Carolinas. After shacking up with the fixer (Olga Liriano) who facilitated his passage, and landing a job as mobile-home park caretaker, Ed proceeds to catch the eye of yet more ladies, including beautiful druggie Lola (Nicole La Liberte); her young daughter, Janet (Justine Crawford); and an elderly but rich curmudgeon (Viva Hoffman, once a Warhol “superstar.”) Pic has all the faults of Morrissey’s earlier, better-known works — amateur thesping, weak scripting, shoddy tech work — but lacks the patina of age and the nostalgia factor that makes the old stuff sort of charming.

News From Nowhere

Production: An Eothen presentation. (International sales: Eothen, New York.) Produced, directed, written, edited by Paul Morrissey.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Shane Sigler. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Horizons), Sept. 10, 2010. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Demian Gabriel, Viva Hoffman, Nicole La Liberte, Olga Liriano, Justine Crawford, Dale Slomoff.

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