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Sara Driver, USA, West Germany 1986, 78’
You Are Not I Stranger Than Paradise

A must-see for fans of American independent cinema, as well as for people who love the 1980s or the film world of New York. A stolen Chinese manuscript starts to have an impact on Nicole's life (Suzanne Fletcher): her fingers start bleeding, her constantly in-debt roommate (Ann Magnuson) starts losing her hair, people bark at her in the street, strange things happen to her son. Filmed in deep reds and blues (the cinematography was done by Frank Prinzi and Jim Jarmusch, the director's partner), which might bring to mind Dario Argento's films, Sleepwalk makes use of the poetics of both horror and surreal films, but it is not devoid of absurd humor. "The New York Times" called the film a lyrical, brilliant work, governed by the irrational atmosphere of sleep but based on the building blocks of everyday life. Sara Driver's full-length debut was screened during Critics' Week at Cannes and at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987.

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Sara Driver

Born in 1955, Sara Driver is a director. She studied in Greece and New York (with Spike Lee, among others), where she was one of the co-creators of the independent artistic scene. The director of the acclaimed You Are Not I, the cult  Sleepwalk and  When Pigs Fly, with Marianne Faithfull and Alfred Molina. She has also worked in theater and performance art, and produced (Permanent VacationStranger Than Paradise), inspired (Broken FlowersOnly Lovers Left Alive) or appeared in films by Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train).


1981 You Are Not I

1986 Sleepwalk

1990 Monsters (tv, co-dir.)

1993 Kiedy świnie latają / When Pigs Fly

2018 Basquiat: nim nadeszła sława / Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Cast & Crew

director Sara Driver
screenplay Sara Driver, Lorenzo Mans, Kathleen Brennan
cinematography Frank Prinzi, Jim Jarmusch
editing Li Shin Yu
music Phil Kline
cast Suzanne Fletcher, Ann Magnuson, Dexter Lee, Ako, Stephen Chen, Tony Todd
producer Kathleen Brennan, Sara Driver
sales Sara Driver
language English
coloration colour
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