Jim Jarmusch has returned behind the camera for his first film since 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive. Paterson sees the acclaimed filmmaker partner up with fast-rising star Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and now we’ve got our first look at Driver in the film.
The film was announced earlier in the month, when we heard that Amazon Studios and K5 had teamed up to co-finance the movie, described as a wry comedy.
K5 is taking Paterson to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this month. And ahead of its presence on the market, we’ve got our first look at Driver in the titular lead. Credit for the photo goes to still photographer Mary Cybulski, who’s previously worked on The Wolf of Wall Street, Trainwreck, The Knick, and more.
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name.
Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura´s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily.
Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.
The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) stars as Driver’s love interest, Laura. Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) are among the ensemble cast.
Jarmusch is directing from his own script. Joshua Astrachan (Short Term 12) and Carter Logan (Only Lovers Left Alive) produce.
No word yet on when we can expect to see Paterson. We do know that Amazon is committed to a theatrical release, like it’s done with Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, so it will be hitting US cinemas at some point. A festival appearance somewhere along the way seems like a decent possibility as well.