Directed by Eugène Green
US release date: January 13, 2017

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the U.S. theatrical premiere of THE SON OF JOSEPH, the buoyant, redemptive nativity story representing the latest work by beloved auteur filmmaker Eugène Green (La Sapienza, MemoriesThe Portuguese Nun). THE SON OF JOSEPH had its North American Premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival and the release will be on January 13, 2017.  The film stars Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Fabrizio Rongione (La Sapienza, Two Days One Night), Natacha Régnier (The Dreamlife of Angels), Maria de Medeiros (Pasolini, The Forbidden Room, Pulp Fiction) and a breakthrough performance by the young protagonist Victor Ezenfis. THE SON OF JOSEPH had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Eugène Green drops biblical motifs – Abraham and Isaac, Mary and Joseph – into this genuinely contemporary setting as if it were the most natural thing in the world, augmenting them with nods to crime films, Italian Baroque music, a Doisneau photograph, three 17th century paintings and an artificial way of speaking that is anything but current. The characters are positioned within the visual compositions and look directly into the camera, their diction flawless. Whatever needs saying – and that’s a lot – they recite impassively, in declamatory fashion. Along the way, there are jabs at the literature milieu and trendy yuppies. A film where divine seriousness rubs against bizarre comedy, where theology meets caricature, an intriguing film, anachronistic and innovative in equal measure.

Director: Eugène Green
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Fabrizio Rongione, Natacha Régnier, Maria de Medeiros
Released by Kino Lorber
> Opens in New York on Friday, January 13 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

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