Stranger Than Paradise

A Journey in the Festival’s History

USA, Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)  ·  1984  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Black and White  ·  90'  ·  o.v. English

Chosen by Marí Alessandrini.
On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. German,French

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland


Thursday 6 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German,French


Friday 7 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German,French


Saturday 8 | 8 | 2020, 15:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. German,French

The adventures of a Hungarian called Willie, his cousin Eva and his friend Eddie, on their travels from New York to Cleveland to Florida, between sums of money lost at gambling or betting and found by chance or good fortune. The debut of master indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is a road movie that ignores the conventions of the genre and the dictates of the marketplace, viewing the USA through the lens of foreigners, exiled from both their homelands and themselves. A cult movie for a generation, which garnered awards worldwide, from Cannes to Sundance - and not least in Locarno, where it picked up the Grand Prix Pardo d’oro and Grand Prix of the City of Locarno, plus mentions from the Ecumenical and Youth juries.

Selected by Marí Alessandrini
Director of Zahorí

Unhealthy, lonely, soulless comfort... welcome Eva to paradise! Being a foreigner or stranger is expressed as an immutable condition in this paradise called North America, where disinherited young people end up being "neither from here, nor from there". Willie, a card player in depression, who has been living for ten years and has adapted in his way to New York, takes in against his will his young cousin from Budapest, Eva. Stranger Than Paradise (1984), it is a spiral breakout, from New York's Lower East Side, through the harsh winter of Lake Erie to the decaying beaches of Florida. A major work of cinema of the 80s with contemporary composition, where Jim Jarmusch captures with ironic and laconic poetry, the unleashing of disillusionment and disconnection of these three uprooted young people. A monochromatic road movie that advances in the mist, discovering that in "The American dream" for Willie, Eva & Eddie there is nothing to discover.

– Marí Alessandrini




Jim Jarmusch


John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen


Sara Driver


Christoph Holch


Tom DiCillo


John Lurie


Jim Jarmusch


Greg Curry, Drew Kunin


Jim Jarmusch, Melody London


Grokenberger Film Produktion

Cinesthesia Productions



Das Kleine Fernsehspiel

Swiss Distribution

Filmcoopi Zürich


Filmcoopi Zürich

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Stranger Than Paradise - Title Sequence

Stranger Than Paradise - Title Sequence