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Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch, USA, West Germany 1984, 89’
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The second film of Jim Jarmusch. Full of punk anger, but also lyrical and irresistibly funny criticism of American reality. The director takes a look on America from the perspective of Willie, an outsider living in New York, who gets surprised with the arrival of Eva, his cousin from Hungary. During her 10-day stay Eva, Willie and his best friend are trying various ways to find some exciting experience. What they find out, however, is that America - called the land of great opportunities - is actually the area of boundless boredom and shattered hopes. The rebellious undertones of Stranger Than Paradise are reflected not only by its story, but its form as well. The style of Jarmusch is manifestly anti-Hollywood, based on minimalist plot, long shots and few dialogs. The director's courage was appreciated with multiple awards (such as Golden Camera in Cannes and the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival), which made Stranger Than Paradise one of the most important movies of the 80s.

Piotr Czerkawski


Cannes IFF 1984 – Golden Camera; Locarno IFF 1984 – Golden Leopard; Sundance FF 1985 – Special Jury Recognition

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 Poza prawem / 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 Tom DiCillo
editing Jim Jarmusch, Melody London
music John Lurie
cast John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson
producer Sara Driver, Otto Grokenberger
production Cinesthesia Productions, Grokenberger Film Produktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
sales The Match Factory
language English
coloration b&w
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