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The Brand New Testament

The Brand New Testament

"A film with a big heart and an even bigger imagination” - Time Out

The Brand New Testament

About the Film

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT begins with one simple conceit: God exists, and He’s a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity, and He’s a petty tyrant to his wife and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world—by text message—the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date.

Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Her six apostles —a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a gender dysphoric child—learn to celebrate life and love, and provide us with Jaco Van Dormael’s dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live? 

Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Release Date: 12/09/16

Reactions

 "A cheerfully blasphemous movie and pointedly hopeful vision of what life might be with the right girl in charge." – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

NYT Critics' Pick: “Wickedly amusing! A surreal comedy whose endless visual imagination matches its conceptual wit.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Wildly inventive.”  Peter Debruge, Variety

"Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good."  Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Lovely to look at, charmingly played throughout, and with a sense of fun that is more playful than subversive."  Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Awards & Festivals

  • Best Foreign Language Film Nominee - 2016 Golden Globe®
  • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay - 2015 Magritte Awards (Belgian Academy Award)
  • Best Comedy - 2015 Fantastic Fest
  • Official Selection - 2015 Cannes Film Festival - Directors' Fortnight
  • Official Selection - 2015 BFI London International Film Festival
  • Closing Night Film - 2015 Festival Du Film Francophone

Cast & Crew

Cast

Ea: Pili Groyne
God: Benoît Poelvoorde
Martine: Catherine Deneuve
Francois: François Damiens
God's Wife: Yolande Moreau
Aurelie: Laura Verlinden
Marc: Serge Lariviere
Jean-Claude: Didier De Neck
Willy: Romain Gelin
Victor: Marco Lorenzini

Crew

Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Screenplay: Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael
Producer: Apres Le Deluge, Olivier Rausin, Daniel Marquet
Director of Photography: Christophe Beaucarne
Editor: Herve De Luze
Production Design: Sylvie Olive
Costume Designer: Caroline Koener
Sound: Dominique Warnier, Francois Dumont

Technical Info

Production Year: 2015
Release Date: 12/09/16
Countries of Production: Belgium
Languages: French
Running Time: 1h 55m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color

Theaters

Fort Lauderdale
Florida
12/9/16
Los Angeles
California
12/9/16
Miami
Florida
12/9/16
Boca Raton
Florida
12/9/16
Coral Gables
Florida
12/9/16
New York
New York
12/9/16
Three Rivers
Michigan
12/15/16
Chicago
Illinois
12/16/16
Irvine
California
12/16/16
Waterville
Maine
12/16/16
Baltimore
Maryland
12/16/16
Portland
Oregon
12/16/16
Denver
Colorado
12/16/16
Minneapolis
Minnesota
12/16/16
Berkeley
California
12/16/16
San Francisco
California
12/16/16
San Rafael
California
12/16/16
San Diego
California
12/16/16
Cambridge
Massachusetts
12/16/16
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
12/16/16
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
12/16/16
Lake Worth
Florida
12/23/16
Santa Fe
New Mexico
12/25/16
Anchorage
Alaska
12/26/16
Cleveland Heights
Ohio
12/30/16
Winston Salem
North Carolina
12/30/16
Lambertville
New Jersey
12/30/16
New Haven
Connecticut
1/6/17
Hartford
Connecticut
1/6/17
Grand Rapids
Michigan
1/6/17
Pelham
New York
1/6/17
Bradenton
Florida
1/6/17
Santa Barbara
California
1/6/17
Nevada City
California
1/8/17
Ashland
Oregon
1/13/17
Wilmington
Delaware
1/13/17
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
1/13/17
Scottsdale
Arizona
1/13/17
Billings
Montana
1/13/17
Tucson
Arizona
1/13/17
Fort Worth
Texas
1/20/17
Auburn
New York
1/20/17
Stamford
Connecticut
1/24/17

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Awards & Festivals

  • Best Foreign Language Film Nominee - 2016 Golden Globe®
  • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay - 2015 Magritte Awards (Belgian Academy Award)
  • Best Comedy - 2015 Fantastic Fest
  • Official Selection - 2015 Cannes Film Festival - Directors' Fortnight
  • Official Selection - 2015 BFI London International Film Festival
  • Closing Night Film - 2015 Festival Du Film Francophone

Reactions

 "A cheerfully blasphemous movie and pointedly hopeful vision of what life might be with the right girl in charge." – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

NYT Critics' Pick: “Wickedly amusing! A surreal comedy whose endless visual imagination matches its conceptual wit.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Wildly inventive.”  Peter Debruge, Variety

"Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good."  Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Lovely to look at, charmingly played throughout, and with a sense of fun that is more playful than subversive."  Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

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