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April 21 (Friday) 7 pm
April 22 (Saturday) 7 pm
April 23 (Sunday) 6 pm

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000)

Directed by Alain Tanner
Switzerland 1975, 35mm, b/w and color, 110 min.
With Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou, Rufus
French with English subtitles

One of the most important films of the disoriented seventies, Jonah . . . , according to director Alain Tanner, is "a dramatic tragicomedy in political science fiction." This rich concoction of color and black and white, songs, skits, economics, dreams, speeches, and sexual experimentation tells the story of eight individuals in Geneva: a copy editor, a secretary, a rural worker and his factory-worker wife, a teacher, and a supermarket cashier—all trying, in different ways, to maintain the ideals of May 1968 and to find alternatives to capitalism. Stranded between revolution and accommodation, their paths briefly cross in search of a common purpose. Tanner and the English Marxist writer John Berger created that rare species: a polemical comedy whose protagonists are warmly and vividly portrayed.

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April 21 (Friday) 9:15 pm
April 22 (Saturday) 9:15 pm
April 23 (Sunday) 8:15 pm

American Premiere!

Jonah and Lila, Until Tomorrow (Jonas et Lila, à demain)

Directed by Alain Tanner
Switzerland/France 1999, 35mm, color, 120 min.
With Jérôme Robart, Aïssa Maïga, Marisa Paredes
French with English subtitles

Set during the first six months of the year 2000, Jonah and Lila, Until Tomorrow is not an anticipatory film for the millennium but rather a work that casts a retrospective glance back to Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner’s now-classic 1975 film, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. It is now 2000, and Jonah has just turned twenty-five. He has also finished film school and married Lila, a young African woman. Composed of sixty scenes, from which the main characters slowly emerge through fortuitous encounters and incidents, Tanner’s innovative sequel does not tell a story with a beginning, a middle, or an end but instead captures a set of lives lived day by day. Spinning a yarn that is not exactly a story, this elliptical film is a "tale of times to come."

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