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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

John has a penchant for off-colour jokes - and a drinking problem. And so, when somebody he met at a party suggests they go on an all-night bender in L.A. he simply can’t refuse. But after falling asleep in a drunken stupor on his drinking buddy’s passenger seat, he wakes up the next morning in hospital, a quadriplegic. Becoming a wheelchair user for life at the age of 21, he now requires every last drop of his sense of humour to rediscover meaning in his existence. He is aided by Annu who brings back his lust for life, as well as Donny, a hippie whose unconventional Alcoholics Anonymous meetings draw together people from all walks of life and help them see things from a whole new perspective. John discovers beauty and humour in the depths of human experience and uses his artistic talent to turn these discoveries into brilliantly observed cartoons.
Gus Van Sant’s biopic is based on the memoirs of cartoonist John Callahan. This is a tender, melancholy yet hope-filled and life-affirming fictionalised portrait of a life of limitations. As in many of his films, here too Van Sant addresses the search for identity in the environs of social subcultures and unusual milieus.

by
Gus Van Sant

USA 2018

English

113 min · Colour · 4K DCP

With

Joaquin Phoenix (John Callahan)
Jonah Hill (Donny)
Rooney Mara (Annu)
Jack Black (Dexter)
Mark Webber (Mike)
Udo Kier (Hans)
Carrie Brownstein (Suzanne)
Beth Ditto (Reba)
Kim Gordon (Corky)

Crew

Written and directed by
Gus Van Sant
Director of Photography
Christopher Blauvelt
Editing
Gus Van Sant, David Marks
Music
Danny Elfman
Sound Design
Leslie Shatz
Sound
Wildfire NYC
Production Design
Jahmin Assa
Costumes
Danny Glicker
Make-up
Nana Fischer
Assistant Director
Scott Robertson
Casting
Francine Maisler, Kathy Driscoll-Mohler
Production Manager
Dawnn Pavlonnis
Producers
Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad  Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte
Executive Producer
Brett J. Cranford
Co-producer
Scott Robertson

Biography

Gus Van Sant

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1952, he is a director, screenwriter, producer, photographer and musician who studied at Rhode Island School of Design. Since his directorial debut Mala Noche screened in Panorama in 1986, he has been a regular guest at the Berlinale. In 2003, his film Elephant won both the Palme d’Or and Best Director awards at Cannes. He has made films with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, and music videos for David Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His works include the award-winning Paranoid Park (2007) and the Oscar-winning biopic Milk (2008). His most recent Berlinale Competition contribution was with the drama Promised Land in 2013.

Filmography (selection)

1978 The Discipline of D.E.; short film 1979 Alice in Hollywood; short film 1985 Mala Noche 1986 Five Ways to Kill Yourself; short film · My New Friends; short film 1987 Ken Gets Out Of Jail; short film 1988 Junior; short film 1989 Drugstore Cowboy 1990 My Own Private Idaho 1992 Thanksgiving – Thank You America; short film 1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1995 To Die For 1996 Ballad of the Skeletons 1997 Good Will Hunting 1998 Psycho 2000 Finding Forrester 2003 Gerry 2005 Last Days 2006 Paris, je t’aime; segment “Le Marais” 2007 Paranoid Park 2008 8; segment „Mansion on the Hill“ · Milk 2011 Restless 2012 My Own Private River · Promised Land 2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Produced by

Iconoclast
Los Angeles, USA

Anonymous Content
Los Angeles, USA

Amazon Studios
Los Angeles, USA
www.amazonstudios.com

World sales

FilmNation Entertainment
New York, NY, USA
+1 917 4848900

Dates

  • 200013
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    Tue Feb 20 19:00
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    Wed Feb 21 09:30
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    Wed Feb 21 12:30
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    Wed Feb 21 17:30
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    Fri Feb 23 12:30
    Zoo Palast 1 (G)
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    Sun Feb 25 14:30
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (G)

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