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MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

1981 / 115min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ALAIN TANNER

CAST: OLIMPIA CARLISI, PHILIPPE LéOTARD, JULIET BERTO

After glad-handing, married Swiss politician Paul (Philippe Léotard) falls for an emotionally-withdrawn Italian café waitress (Olimpia Carlisi), his campaign goes into a subsequent tailspin, and Tanner stages the fallout in strikingly stark, formal style, with the Brechtian breaks including interstitial date-keeping cartoons, disjunctive landscape shots, and musical interludes by Patrick Moraz. Among Tanner’s most radical films in terms of form, and also among his angriest.

Middle of the World is screening as part of the series Alain Tanner. Click here for more info.