Thursday, 4 August 2005

focus on jim jarmusch (16-24 september, acmi cinemas)

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is proud to present Focus on Jim Jarmusch, featuring a special advance preview of his new film Broken Flowers, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and the Australian Premiere of Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002).

Focus on Jim Jarmusch is a rare big-screen retrospective of the films from the US director, an undisputed figurehead of late 20th century American indie cinema, and widely considered an icon of cool to arthouse cinema followers and broader pop culture.

Crossing through many different genres, Focus on Jim Jarmusch profiles Jarmusch's unique 20-year body of work, which draws heavily from many wildly disparate cultural influences such as punk rock, art cinema, social history and poetry. Films showing through the season include the laconic comedy Stranger Than Paradise; the dark and moody 'acid western' Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp; the seminal music documentary Year of the Horse and Coffee & Cigarettes, an eclectic and witty series of shorts featuring cameos from actors, musicians and other pop culture figures including Cate Blanchett, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop and the White Stripes.

While some films will be screened as single sessions, four features - Ghost Dog, Dead Man, Down by Law and Stranger Than Paradise - will be screened as a double bills alongside a classic / cult feature cited by Jarmusch himself as an inspiration or ideal screening companion.

Ghost Dog will screen alongside the film publicly credited by Jarmusch as one of its main inspirations, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samorai (1967); Dead Man is paired with Monte Helleman's cult western The Shooting (1967) starring Warren Oates and a young Jack Nicholson; Down by Law will screen with an imported 35mm print of Jean-Luc Goddard's 'new wave' gangster film Bande à Parte / Band of Outsiders (1964); and Stranger Than Paradise will be teamed with a rare 35mm print of John Cassavete's Shadows (1959), described in the Village Voice as "Arguably the founding work of American independent cinema and the forerunner to Scorsese, Jarmusch and Spike Lee."

Focus on Jim Jarmusch will also include a rare print of Jarmusch's first film, Permanent Vacation (1980) and the first ever screening in Australia of Int. Trailer. Night, Jarmusch's contribution to Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), a collection of seven short films exploring the concept of 'time' from some of contemporary cinema's greatest talents including Werner Herzog, Aki Kaurismaki and Chen Kaige. 

Further information

Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communications Coordinator, ph 03 8663 2415, m 0417 540 543,

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator, ph 03 8663 2475, m 0412 172 887,


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