1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

PARADISE

(WORK IN PROGRESS)

Director, Michael Almereyda in person!
Co-presented by CHICAGO CINEMA FORUM

December 11, 2008
paradise

The filmmaker considers the episodes in this movie to be like pages torn from a sketchbook, a visual diary kept over many years. Each episode runs about the length of a pop song. Friends and strangers, kids and adults, are featured in roughly equal proportions, in settings split between familiar American cities – New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans – and unlikely, far-flung places: Tehran, Krakow, Seoul. The film’s fragmentary nature is held in check by thematic contrasts and links – between innocence and experience; art and commerce; searching and finding. There’s also the overarching idea that life is made up of brief paradisiacal moments – moments that are often taken for granted, and always slipping away, but which can, on occasion, be captured and shared.

Michael Almereyda is best-known for his version of HAMLET (2000) set in contemporary New York City and starring Ethan Hawke. He is also the director of ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET (1992), shot entirely in Pixelvision, NADJA (1994), a lyrical vampire film produced by David Lynch, THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER (2003), filmed around the rehearsals of Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss, and WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD (2005), a cine-essay and conversation with the photographer of the title.



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