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Paterson

Jim Jarmusch
USA 2016 / 118’
On Body and Soul Safari

Jim Jarmusch’s greatest artistic achievement in many years was a hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Despite the passage of time, the maker of Dead Man, and perhaps the biggest rebel in American cinema, is not getting any softer. In praise of ordinary, everyday life, Paterson was made in defiance of the dictates of consumption and ostentatiousness. The title character (the wonderful Adam Driver) drives a city bus and leads a well-adjusted life alongside his loving wife. The rhythm of his day is measured by certain soothing rituals, the most important of which is writing poems inspired by the works of William Carlos Williams and Frank O’Hara. His daily life also involves encounters with an entire gallery of Jarmuschian eccentrics: a drinking buddy dealing with a broken heart or a constantly complaining colleague who envies the title character’s optimism and cheerfulness. At a certain point, Paterson’s stoicism is disrupted, however, and he is forced to rethink his philosophy of life.

Piotr Czerkawski (American Film Festival)

Jim Jarmusch

Born in 1953 in Akron, Ohio. One of the most important figures of independent cinema. Jarmusch studied film at New York University and Cinémathèque Française. Nicholas Ray (dir. Rebel without a Cause) was his mentor, and offered him an AD job. Through the success of his first films, especially Stranger Than Paradise (1984), which won the Gold Camera at Cannes, Jarmusch became the symbol of a new generation of independent American filmmakers and a critic favorite. His frequent use of dry humor and static scenes are so characteristic that the expression ‘Jarmuschian’ is understood around the world. Jarmusch’s awards include the Golden Palm at Cannes for a short (Coffee and Cigarettes III, 1994), Gold Camera at Cannes (Stranger Than Paradise, 1984) and many others.

Selected filmography

1980 Nieustające wakacje / Permanent Vacation

1984 Inaczej niż w raju / Stranger Than Paradise

1986 Down By Law

1991 Noc na Ziemi / Night On Earth

1995 Truposz / Dead Man

2005 Broken Flowers

2009 The Limits of Control

Cast & Crew

director Jim Jarmusch
screenplay Jim Jarmusch
cinematography Frederick Elmes
editing Affonso Gonçalves
sound Robert Hein
cast Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, William Jackson Harper
producer Joshua Astrachan, Daniel Baur, Ronald M. Bozman, Jean Labadie, Carter Logan, Oliver Simon
production Amazon Studios, Animal Kingdom, K5 Film
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour