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You Are Not I

Sara Driver, USA 1983, 50’
Sleepwalk

Cold interiors, a fences, and behind it, an unfriendly landscape. Ethel (Suzanne Fletcher) takes advantage of a car accident to escape from the psychiatric hospital where she is a resident. She takes the highways and backroads of America to her sister's (Melody Schneider) house. During her journey and her visit, we get to listen to her internal monologue, which enables us to understand how she sees and perceives the world around her. Sara Driver's poetic and disturbing film, You Are Not I, based on a story by Paul Bowles, was shot on black-and-white 16 mm film by Jim Jarmusch, the director's partner. Although this was only Driver's graduation film at the New York University School of the Arts, the French magazine " Cahiers du Cinéma" called it one of the best films of the 1980s, and it took on legendary status-both due to the fact that it was thought missing for a long time and thanks to the fact that it features some of New York's well-known bohemians: apart from Fletcher, iconic figures such as photographer Nan Goldin and writer Luc Sante also appear in the film.

Adam Kruk

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).

Filmography

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, Jim Jarmusch
cinematography Jim Jarmusch
editing Sara Driver
music Phil Kline
cast Suzanne Fletcher, Melody Schneider, Bea Boyle, Luc Sante, Nan Goldin
producer Sara Driver
sales Sara Driver
language English
coloration b&w
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