Hal Hartley’s first feature film since 2006 is now available on DVD!
“Meanwhile is a riveting return to the intimate philosophical storytelling that characterizes Hartley’s cinema in the era of The Unbelievable Truth (1989), Trust (1990), Simple Men (1992), and Amateur (1994). It doesn’t drag its coattails in the romantic glory of those films, however, being fully attuned to the harsh realities of 21st century survival.” —Graham Fuller, Artinfo
With an outrageous lightness of touch, lucidity, and intelligence, Hal Hartley re-imagines the apocalypse as foretold in Christian tradition. He asks the simple question: would Jesus really put up with this madness? Told with great energy, style, and curiosity, The Book of Life is a humanistic deconstruction of western values and a vigorous exercise in what was in 1998 the new digital media, an unrelenting kaleidoscope of fast moving images and heart-pounding music perfectly capturing a techno-driven, computerized, and postmodernist world. Thoughtful, respectful, funny, and very bold in its assertions, the film was cited by the New York Times as “…whimsical yet deeply serious…”
It’s been 20 years since the theatrical release of The Unbelievable Truth, in which Hal introduced audiences to the talents of Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, and Robert John Burke.
We’ve released a 20th Anniversary Edition DVD with lots of pictures and a never-before-seen doc which includes interviews with Hal and Adrienne Shelly (as far as we know, the only footage of them interviewed together) as well as Robert, Martin Donovan, and Thomas Jay Ryan. It is available exclusively on our website.
“Exploring small ideas that couldn’t be fleshed out in feature form, Hartley creates intimate works that are honest and feel like they’re done by an artist doing it for the love of the craft, not looking for a quick buck. But would we think anything less from Hartley?” —Filmmaker Magazine
Available as a download from our website, and on DVD from Microcinema International.
Newly digitally re-mastered with color correction supervised by the director, this early Hartley favorite stars Martin Donovan, Mary Ward, Matt Malloy, and Rebecca Nelson.
Sabrina Lloyd, Bill Sage, Tatiana Abracos, Leo Fitzpatrick and James Urbaniak.
Adrienne Shelly, Parker Posey, Miho Nikaido, Elina Lowensohn, Sabrina Lloyd and others…