Archive of films Homecoming / Homecoming

USA
2004, 104 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2005

Newport, Oregon. In a coastal town, Jeff and his wife Mattie try to make ends meet. One of their sons is unemployed, the other one is serving in the army and has been sent to Iraq. A serious, tragic and radically realistic film about an ordinary American family who are deeply affected by the political and economic changes in the USA after 9/11, which investigates the vulnerable, often unseen side to the superpower called America.


Synopsis

Newport, Oregon. Jeff and his wife Mattie are trying to make ends meet in the coastal town where they live. One son, Chris, is unemployed. The other, Steve, is away serving in the army and has been sent to Iraq. Chris is dumped by his girlfriend. What’s more, he has serious problems with Jeff, who is, as we discover, not his real father. He visits a therapist, who makes things even worse by seducing him. To top it all, Jeff’s and Mattie’s worst fears come true: Steve comes back in a “transfer tube”, to be buried at home. A serious, tragic and radically realistic film about an ordinary American family who are deeply affected by the political and economic changes in the USA after 9/11. Having lived and worked for more than 10 years outside the USA, Jon Jost, one of the few truly independent filmmakers around, returned home to record the effects of recent developments on ordinary people. He investigates the vulnerable, often unseen side to the superpower called America.

About the director

Jon Jost (b. 1943, Chicago) grew up in Georgia, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. After he was kicked out of university, he started making 16mm films. In 1965, Jost was imprisoned for 2 years for refusing to do his military service. After his release, he became politically active. He has been making films for 41 years. His first feature was Speaking Directly (1973). In 1992 he was chosen as one of “The Magnificent Seven”, seven independent directors whose portraits were shown in the Forum of Independents at Karlovy Vary (screened films: Bell Diamond, 1985, Sure Fire, 1990, All the Vermeers in New York, 1990). Other films screened at Karlovy Vary:  Uno a te, uno a me, uno a Raffaele, and Frame Up, 1995. Jost has been focusing on DVD film production since 1996.

Contacts

Jon Jost
, 98362, Washington
United States of America
Tel: +1 360 417 6859, +49 303 270 713
E-mail: clarandjon@msn.com
www: www.jon-jost.com

About the film

Color, BETA SP

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Jon Jost
Screenplay: Jon Jost
Dir. of Photography: Jon Jost
Music: Erling Wold
Editor: Jon Jost
Producer: Jon Jost
Production: Jon Jost
Cast: Ryan Harper Gray, Katherine Sannella, Keith Scales, Stephen Taylor, Kateri Eastman
Contact: Jon Jost
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