(L) Vanessa Hudgens poses at the premiere of ''Sucker Punch'' at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California (R) Singer Selena Gomez poses on arrival at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in LA. — Reuters Photos

VENICE: Former Disney Channel favourites Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens star alongside James Franco in the bizarre new “Spring Breakers” which premiered at the Venice film festival on Wednesday.

A concoction of deliberately trashy visuals and dream-like sequences, the film directed by Harmony Korine is bound to raise more than a few eyebrows for the pornographically-shot nudity and lesbian frolicking of its young actresses.

The plot revolves around four hedonistic girls who go to Florida for their spring break university holiday - a binge of drink, drugs and flesh.

Their fortunes take a turn for the worse when they are arrested and are bailed out by Franco's creepy gold-toothed gangster character Alien.

At this point Gomez as Faith - a name that carries weight in what at times appears a parable of an American Dream gone wrong - leaves and the three remaining members of the gang embark on a law-breaking spree with Alien.

The film builds up to a gory and garish conclusion - an inevitability that viewers are reminded of by the sound of a gun being cocked that is repeated throughout the flick as well as by bloody flash-forward scenes.

The film is one of 18 competing for the Golden Lion prize to be announced on Saturday. It is due to go on general release next year.

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