Archive of films The Limits of Control / The Limits of Control

USA / Spain / Japan
2009, 116 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2009

As always, independent Jim Jarmusch is back and with him Isaach De Bankolé and Bill Murray in a story of a criminal job whose hero is hard to forget. What happens to his character and the film itself are shrouded in mystery. A double espresso? Non, due piccoli.


A lone man with no name travels the Spanish countryside meeting mysterious people for coffee and collecting information. What are his intentions and what does he write down on the flaps of match packs? Jim Jarmusch has returned to prove that he is not a creator of one style or a recurring theme. Despite the presence of several favorite actors (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and above all Isaach De Bankolé), his latest movie is a surprising work even considering the famed moviemaker’s varied filmography. This time around he has hooked up with renowned cameraman Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) as well as Boris, a band of rough Japanese drone rockers. The director contemplates: "What would it be like if Jacques Rivette remade John Boorman’s masterpiece Point Blank? Or what if Marguerite Duras remade Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï?” He adds that during shooting he thought about European crime dramas of the 1970s and 1980s, including the work of Francesco Rosi.

About the director

Jim Jarmusch (b. 1953, Akron, Ohio) is at the forefront of American independent cinema, and European film has had a great influence on his work. After his successful debut Permanent Vacation (1980), he shot Stranger Than Paradise (1984), winning awards at Cannes, Sundance, and Locarno. Mystery Train (1989) and Dead Man (1995) screened at Karlovy Vary, as did Broken Flowers (2005), which took the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes IFF. In the 18th episode of "The Simpsons” 19th season, Jarmusch, who lives and works in New York, said that his films are about "social misfits experiencing the dark side of the American dream.”


Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 226 224 111
Fax: +420 226 224 110

35 MM
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 244 464 135
Fax: +420 244 464 395

Focus Features International
65 Bleecker Street 3rd Floor, 10012, New York
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 539 4000

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
Dir. of Photography: Christopher Doyle
Music: Boris
Editor: Jay Rabinowitz
Producer: Stacey Smith, Gretchen McGowan
Production: PointBlank Films, Entertainment Farm
Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Luis Tosar, Paz De La Huerta, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Gael García Bernal
Contact: Hollywood Classic Entertainment, 35 MM, Focus Features International
Distributor: 35 MM


Marta Vaněčková


Lucie Mazůrková


Gabrielle Stewart

Sales Agent

Igor Konyukov


Isaach de Bankolé



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