Archive of films Paterson / Paterson

2016, 113 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2016

Paterson is both a bus driver and a poet. He lives with his wife in the town of Paterson, once celebrated, now forgotten. The seven days, during which Jarmusch’s poetic film follows the rhythms of the couple’s life, unfold simply through the director’s gentle humor and his observation of the minute details that make up Paterson’s internal world.


Bus driver Paterson lives with his wife Laura in Paterson, a one-time city of poets now in decline. In his 30s, Paterson leads a well-ordered life alongside his wife who loves him and has a head full of ideas for augmenting their limited budget. They own an English bulldog named Marvin whom Paterson takes on evening walks, during which they always stop at a local bar. He wakes up early every morning in order to be on time at his bus, the snack Laura has prepared for him gripped in his hand. But Paterson is also a poet, and everyday he writes his poems in the notebook he always carries with him. The film observes two inconspicuous people and the daily rhythm of their lives: nothing remarkable occurs, the appeal of the story generated by the poetry of tiny details. “We were trying to make a film that was intentionally slight, without drama, conflict, or action. It was kind of an antidote to victimized females and action and violence and drama and everyone’s personal conflict with each other and their lovers – Jim Jarmusch.”

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Jim Jarmusch (b. 1953, Akron, Ohio), Nicholas Ray’s student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is considered a leading personality of American independent film, a director with a clearly defined creative style. Nevertheless, European cinema has had a considerable impact on his work. After his successful debut Permanent Vacation (1980), he shot Stranger Than Paradise (1984), which collected prizes at the Cannes, Sundance, and Locarno festivals. In his minimalist comedies, full of self-deprecating detachment, he addresses the tensions between differing cultures, as well as feelings of alienation and the loss of traditional values. Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), and The Limits of Control (2009) screened to Karlovy Vary audiences, as did Broken Flowers (2005), which took the Grand Prix at the Cannes IFF. He expanded his genre range with the vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
Dir. of Photography: Frederick Elmes
Music: SQÜRL
Editor: Affonso Gonçalves
Art Director: Mark Friedberg
Producer: Carter Logan, Joshua Astrachan
Production: Amazon Studios, K5 Film, Animal Kingdom
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Sales: K5 Film GMBH
Distributor: Aerofilms


Ivo Andrle



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