With Stranger than Paradise Jarmusch burst on the international scene, winning the Golden Camera in Cannes and the Golden Leopard for best film in Locarno. This dry comedy is a wry portrait of a couple of post-punkers in their twenties who don’t really know what to do with their lives.
The New York hipster Willie (jazz musician John Lurie) gets an unexpected visit from his 16-year-old Hungarian cousin Eva. After a few days she moves on to see an aunt in Cleveland. Willie and his friend Eddie, bored to tears, decide to look up Eva a year later … and one thing leads to another.
The story is told in three parts: ‘The New World’ takes place in New York, ‘One Year Later’ in Cleveland and ‘Paradise’ in Florida. Interspersed with the brilliant black-and-white images is the music of Screaming Jay Hawkins.
New York film director Jim Jarmusch (1953) is one of the most successful independent American filmmakers of all time. Many of his wry films have become classics, in which the main characters are strangers in their own countries. Prompted by his latest film ‘Paterson’ (2016), the EYE film museum has reissued his classics in digitally restored cinema versions. At Movie W you can enjoy Jarmusch’s three best films: ‘Stranger than Paradise’ (1984), ‘Down by Law’ (1986) and ‘Dead Man’ (1995).