Film Series : Rediscovering Alain Tanner

Light Years Away

Les années lumière

1981, Alain Tanner, Switzerland/France, 105 min. With Trevor Howard, Mick Ford.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 9th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Jun 12th 8:00pm

"Acted in a lively, disciplined comic style...filled with seductively funny, Beckett-like vignettes." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times

It is the year 2000, and Jonas (Ford), age 25, is a rootless boy who comes under the wing of Poliakoff (Howard of BRIEF ENCOUNTER and THE THIRD MAN ), a reclusive sage living at the end of the world, where he lords it over a kingdom of rusting auto hulks and pursues a mysterious project intended to take him "light years away...beyond the galaxies." His first fiction film in English, LIGHT YEARS AWAY marks a striking departure for Tanner. In interviews, he remarked how his previous film, MESSIDOR, represented a movement toward silence and emptiness, an exhaustion of the discourse of the 1960s. LIGHT YEARS AWAY is a new beginning, a move into a new language, geography, and culture. Set in spectacularly desolate landscapes, vigorously acted by Howard and Ford, the film is a unique 21st century blend of absurdist science-fiction fairy tale - part Beckett, part Bradbury, part Brothers Grimm. In English. 35mm. (MR)

SATURDAY DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
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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