Film Series : Rediscovering Alain Tanner

In The White City

Dans la ville blanche

1983, Alain Tanner, Switzerland, 108 min. With Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 23rd 3:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 28th 6:00pm

"What gives this 1983 film its authenticity and powerful moodiness is perhaps the fact that the director, Alain Tanner, has followed the course of his own protagonist, cutting himself off from a planned scenario and allowing the shape of the city to dictate the incidents of his drama." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

This haunting, bluesy mood-piece tells of a disconnected sailor who jumps ship in Lisbon. Ganz (WINGS OF DESIRE, DOWNFALL) is mesmerizing as Paul, the outsider becalmed in a strange land by a mysterious ennui. As he wanders through the steep streets and alleys of the ghostly "white city," Paul shoots 8mm movies whose blurry images combine with Jean-Luc Barbier's jazz score to chronicle his descent into an existential borderland where annihilation and enlightenment merge. In English, German, Portuguese, and French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Alain Tanner film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Tanner film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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