The Inoekino company premieres the melancholic comedy Mystery Train, a film classic by American independent film icon Jim Jarmusch, in Russian distribution. All sessions will be held with the original soundtrack and Russian subtitles.
“Mystery Train” is a declaration of love to Memphis and American rock and roll heritage in Jarmusch’s signature vignette style. The director himself describes the film as a temporary comedy, where three stories come into contact with the image of Elvis Presley. Jarmusch is traditionally interested not so much in the plot as in the characters of these stories, foreign travelers and local residents, their feelings and conversations, joys and tragedies, the search for oneself and one’s place in this strange but wonderful world.
Memphis is an important point on the map not only of America, but also of the work of the eternal wanderer Jarmusch. While the director captures the apparent decline of a once prosperous empire now inhabited by the ghosts of celebrities and shades of former glory, his vision is filled with love, humor and tender nostalgia. The Mystery Train was Jarmusch’s first color image and, together with his regular cameraman Robbie Muller, he created an image with an “intuitive” palette, long takes and lots of unusual detail.
The cast includes both newcomers and artists already familiar to the director and his fellow musicians, including Tom Waits, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Clash’s Joe Strummer. The film premiered at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, where the director won the Artistic Achievement Award, received critical acclaim, and established himself as America’s leading independent auteur.
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