UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Stranger Than Paradise

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Spare, deliberate, and in absolutely no rush to get anywhere, Jim Jarmusch’s spirited and minimalist first film may also be his purest. Willie (John Lurie), a Hungarian with a New York accent and the signature detached and deadpan air of a Jarmusch film, has his life turned upside-down when his 16-year-old cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint), drops in from Budapest. When Eva moves to Cleveland to live with her eccentric aunt, Willie and his friend Eddie (Richard Edson, drummer of Sonic Youth) hit the road to pay her a visit. Made for around $100,000 and winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes, this beautifully photographed, slyly existential, and utterly cool road movie ambles thrillingly along—to nowhere in particular.

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984, 35mm, 89 min.

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