Archive of films Be Kind Rewind / Be Kind Rewind

2008, 102 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2008

Jack Black and Mos Def star in a new film by celebrated Michel Gondry as two friends who begin making amateur remakes of Hollywood blockbusters after an unfortunate mishap. An exaltation of movie-making handiwork, a.k.a. “Anybody Can Make King Kong”.


Jerry and Mike are life-long friends. When mechanic Jerry manages to erase the cassettes in the video rental store where Mike works, they try to avert catastrophe by making their own version of the deleted films. Their quirky remakes begin to generate demand and even lawyers from a movie studio find out about them. Will this mean the end of the suburban moviemakers or their rise to fame? Michel Gondry once again shows the almost childish playfulness that can be created with digital effects and models made out of glue and aluminium foil. Be Kind Rewind is neither a comment on film piracy nor a requiem for the days of the videocassette. Set against the narrative complexity of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the film exalts the power of simplicity, which is every bit as magnetic as the protagonists. The director invites audiences to share in his fascination with film on the movie’s website, where visitors can take part in making “pirate” versions of famous films.

About the director

Michel Gondry (b. 1963, Versailles, France) made his first music videos for his group Oui Oui and has worked with dozens of leading musicians since the 1990s including Björk, Beck, the Foo Fighters and The Rolling Stones. His feature film debut Human Nature (2001) was his first collaboration with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman who also worked on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003), which won Gondry and Kaufman an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was presented to Karlovy Vary audiences in 2004. Gondry’s interest in music was also reflected in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), screened in Karlovy Vary. Following The Science of Sleep (2005), Be Kind Rewind is his fifth feature film.


Blue Sky Film Distribution, a.s.
Sněmovní 9, 118 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 222 398
E-mail: [email protected]

Focus Features
100 Universal City Plaza, CA 91608, Los Angeles
United States of America
Tel: +1 818 777 1000
Fax: +1 212 539 4099
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Michel Gondry
Screenplay: Michel Gondry
Dir. of Photography: Ellen Kuras
Music: Jean-Michel Bernard
Editor: Jeff Buchanan
Producer: Georges Bermann, Michel Gondry, Julie Fong
Production: Partizan Entertainment
Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farow, Melonie Diaz, Irv Gooch, Chandler Parker, Arjay Smith, Quinton Aaron, Gio Perez, Basia Rosas, Tomasz Soltys
Contact: Blue Sky Film Distribution, a.s., Focus Features
Distributor: Blue Sky Film Distribution, a.s.


Milan Dostál

Distributor, Service Company Rep.

Melonie Diaz



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