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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

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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 54m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated

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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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