Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch

Still: Only Lovers Left Alive
Jim JARMUSCH (1953, USA) lives and works in New York, and is considered one of the world’s most important independent filmmakers. His films are characterised by their minimalistic, character-driven stories, their wit and dark humour, and often feature musicians. Jarmusch graduated from Columbia University in 1975 before applying for New York University’s School of the Arts graduate film school. He was accepted despite his lack of filmmaking experience. After dropping out, he finished his first film Permanent Vacation in 1980. In 1983, a short version of Stranger Than Paradise screened at IFFR and won the KNF Award. It was then expanded into a feature-length film, which won Camera d’Or at Cannes, the Golden Leopard at Locarno and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Down by Law (1986) earned Jarmusch his first Palme d’Or nomination, and marked his first collaboration with cinematographer Robby Müller. They would also work together on Mystery Train (1989), Coffee and Cigarettes II (Memphis Version) (1989), Dead Man (1995) and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). In 2005, Broken Flowers was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes. Paterson (2016) was nominated for a MovieZone Award and earned English bulldog Nellie a Palm Dog Award. The Dead Don’t Die (2019) earned Jarmusch his eight Palme d’Or nomination.

Filmography

(selection) Permanent Vacation (1980), Stranger Than Paradise (1983, short), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Coffee and Cigarettes (1986, short), Down By Law (1986), Sightsee (1987, short), Coffee and Cigarettes II (Memphis Version) (1988, short), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991), Coffee and Cigarettes III (Somewhere in California) (1993, short), Dead Man (1995), Year of the Horse (1997, doc), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002, co-dir, segment: Int. Trailer Night), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), The Limits of Control (2009), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Paterson (2016), Gimme Danger (2016, doc)

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Jim Jarmusch at IFFR

Night on earth

Night on earth

A film which is in reality five short film comedies. All five have the typical Jarmusch mood, which Lawrence Cohen (Variety) explained in terms of the 'quirky' humour of Jarmusch. Cohen also typified the film as an 'existential comedy' and as such in the line of Jarmusch's last film Mystery Train.The five episodes are set on the same night in different places on earth. In the opening shot, which starts in space, the earth gets nearer and nearer, after which the first section is set in Los Angeles where dusk has just fallen. At the end of the last part, set in Helsinki, dawn breaks.Each part starts with the same event: the brief encounter between a taxi-driver and his nocturnal customers. But the tone soon changes, determined by the character of the city and its inhabitants. The casting, unconventional by American standards, also plays a role: for each city actors have been chosen 'who belong there', such as Béatrice Dalle in Paris and Kaurismäki actor Matti Pellonpää in Helsinki. Some parts are extremely comic, such as the New York section with Armin Müller-Stahl and especially the part set in Rome with Roberto Benigni. The final part however, in Helsinki, is sad through and through. Oscar Moore (Screen International) wrote of it: 'Rarely has a more miserable tale been told to three more miserable people in a colder, bleaker city'.Jarmusch was his own producer for Night on Earth and had complete artistic control. He is even the owner of the film negative, which is very unusual for American films.

Jim Jarmusch
  • 127'

  • USA

IFFR 1992