Archive of films K-Pax / K-Pax

USA
2001, 120 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2002

Doctor Mark Powell is a psychiatrist who is surprised at very little after all his years of experience. Thus, when new patient Prot is admitted to the hospital he shows little interest. Prot claims to be from planet K-Pax, and he’s got to be getting back home soon. Strangely, Prot has a highly beneficial effect on other patients.


Synopsis

K-Pax is an adaptation of Gene Brewer’s novel. Doctor Mark Powell is a psychiatrist who is surprised at very little after all his years of experience. Thus, when Prot is admitted to the hospital – because he was found wandering around a New York railway station showing signs of drug use – the good doctor shows little interest in an affair which seems to him rather routine. Prot claims to be from planet K-Pax, and he’s got to be getting back home soon. At first Powell tries to convince him that he’s just another human being, but after he discovers that Prot has incredibly technical and detailed knowledge of space and the position of “his” planet, something known only to a few specialists, the doctor begins to have doubts about the efficacy of his approach. He begins to treat Prot with hypnosis and thus gradually unravels Prot’s mystery. Prot has a highly beneficial effect on other patients, and his encounter with the doctor is strong enough to help Powell resolve a conflicted relationship with his eldest son.

About the director

Iain Softley (b. 1958, England) is a graduate of Queen’s College, Cambridge, where he also directed a number of highly praised theatrical productions. He afterward began working in film: he hooked up with a regional branch of the BBC and made a documentary bio of phenomenal guitarist Robert Fripp (co-creator of Frippertronics), and with COI where he made films about pharmacies and restoring works of art. His filmography includes Backbeat (1994 – about the Beatles), Hackers (1995), The Wings of the Dove (1997 – adapted from the Henry James novel), and K-Pax (2001).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Iain Softley
Screenplay: Charles Leavitt podle románu/based on the novel by Gene Brewer
Dir. of Photography: John Mathieson
Music: Ed Shearmur
Editor: Craig McKay
Producer: Robert F. Colesberry, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
Production: K-Pax Inc., Lawrence Gordon Productions
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack, Aaron Paul, Brian Howe
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