Arriving on his estranged wife Lexi’s (Bree Elrod) dilapidated doorstep barely dressed, badly bruised, and all but penniless, semi-legendary porn star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) needs somewhere to hole up for a while. Within a matter of days, the manic motormouth has not only talked his way into Lexi’s bed, but also started peddling weed to oil workers. Ever the entrepreneur, he schemes to turn Svengali and liberate teenaged Strawberry (Suzanna Son) from behind the counter of a donut shop so that she can achieve what he believes to be her destiny: adult film stardom.

Unfolding against a bleak backdrop of refineries lining Texas’ gulf coast, Red Rocket proves to be another luminous fable concerning America’s underclass by Sean Baker (The Florida Project). Keeping pace with Rex’s full-throttled, charisma-fueled performance, Baker’s seriocomedy is a breathless affair. After mining Mikey’s amoral odyssey for instances of exhilaration and elation, it ultimately delivers an equally harrowing and hilarious comeuppance to this entitled alpha male.

Canadian premiere
Director Icon Director
Sean Baker

Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son
Producer Sean Baker, Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, Shih-Ching Tsou
Screenwriter Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer Drew Daniels
Editor Sean Baker
Production Company Filmnation Entertainment, CRE Film
Contact Mongrel Media Inc.
USA 2021 128 min.


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Sean Baker is a writer, director, producer, and editor who has made seven independent feature films over the course of the past two decades. His most recent film was the award-winning The Florida Project (2017), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and for which he was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle. His previous film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Independent Spirit and two Gotham Awards. In 2012, his film Starlet won the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award.

Selected Filmography
Prince of Broadway (2008); Starlet (2012); Tangerine (2015); The Florida Project (2017)