11/24/2017 22:00 – Caligari FilmBühne

United States 2016 102 min original version
German premiere

by John Cameron Mitchell

Script: Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, DoP: Philippa Goslett, Editor: Brian A. Kates, Production: Little Punk, See-Saw Films, Producers: Howard Gertler, Emile Sherman, Cast: Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Ruth Wilson

It’s London 1977 and our teenage hero Henry – known as Enn – and his two friends John and Vic are in search of a night to remember, uninterested in the Silver Jubilee celebrations that are going on behind the privet hedges and lace-curtained windows of quiet suburbia. Desperate to be taken seriously by local punk matriarch Boadicea and her coterie of followers they hear of a party not far away and decide to gatecrash. On arrival, nothing is quite as they expected: the house seems to be full of teenage students: exotic, foreign, unbelievably gorgeous. Know-it-all ladies man Vic identifies them as American – what else could they be? Soon Enn is in way over his head (and heart) with the beautiful, enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), an outsider just like him. As Enn becomes her ambassador to a brave new world of punk, partying and music, he learns that Zen has a new world of her own to share (quite literally) and over the course of 24 hours the two will go on an adventure that is truly out of this world.

“Neil Gaiman’s short story is transformed into a heart-warming and fun-to-watch cross-genre film experience by US director John Cameron Mitchell.” (Cineuropa)

John Cameron Mitchell, born 1963 in El Paso/USA, directed the film RABBIT HOLE (2010) starring Nicole Kidman (Academy Award nomination for Best Actress) for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for best director. He directed, wrote and starred in the film HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001), for which he received the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. He was executive producer of the Jonathan Caouette’s documentary TARNATION (2004). His improv-based film SHORTBUS was released in 2006. The Broadway production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH received the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (2014) and in 2015 John was honored with a Special Tony Award for his return to the lead role.

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