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  • The Book of Life

    1998. USA. Hal Hartley. 63 min.

  • Frankfurter-Millennium

    1998. Germany/France. Romuald Karmakar. 56 min.

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • The Book of Life

    1998. USA. Written and directed by Hal Hartley. Music by PJ Harvey and Yo La Tengo. This rarely screened short film by writer/director/composer Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth, Flirt, Fay Grim), produced for ARTE's millennial series 2000 Seen By... and shot in then-pioneering experimental high-definition video, is an absurdist take on the eschatological hell-or-high-water showdown between Jesus and Satan. Set on New Year's Eve, 1999, Hartley's riff on Revelations features indie rocker PJ Harvey playing vampish Magdalena to Martin Donovan's brooding, buttoned-down messiah and Thomas Jay Ryan's charismatic Prince of Darkness. Hartley's hipster downtown New York—today, arguably a lost paradise—is both marked by sin and kissed by grace. 63 min.

  • Frankfurter-Millennium

    1998. Germany/France. Directed by Romuald Karmakar. Screenplay by Karmakar, Michael Farin, based on the radio play Für eine Mark und acht by Jörg Fauser. With Michael Degen, Manfred Zapatka, Jochen Nickel. The director of two haunting masterworks of contemporary German cinema, The Deathmaker and The Himmler Project, Karmakar depicts scenes from a dive bar in the heart of Frankfurt, where the proprietor and his boozy regulars seem oblivious to the coming of the new millennium, and time seems to stretch into eternity as lovers dance in self-absorbed reverie. The film's single location is beautifully shot by Fred Schuler, the cinematographer of Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy and John Cassavetes's Gloria. New York premiere. In German; English subtitles. 56 min.

In the Film exhibition The Age of Chevalier

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