Wellspring in association with Nightlight Films

A Film By Jonathan Caouette

Gus Van Sant
John Cameron Mitchell

Stephen Winter

Jonathan Caouette's spellbinding debut TARNATION re-imagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. This wholly original and breathtaking film establishes Caouette as a cinematic visionary to reckon with.

Caouette has been documenting his life since he was 11 years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture and dramatic re-enactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.

TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirth that announces the arrival of an exceptional new filmmaking talent.

"A powerful and heartbreaking film… Caouette shows himself to be a documentarian of rare skill in the way he uses his materials... TARNATION is a moving and technically impressive work."

- Roger Ebert
"I feel transcendence in reality, watching TARNATION, in which Jonathan Caouette, like a digital Kenneth Anger, takes a deathless swan dive into the fractured memories of his strange, tormented, beautiful life..."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Official screening:
Saturday, May 15, 17:00, Noga Hilton

Press Screening:
Saturday, May 15, 9:00, Noga Hilton

Additional Screenings:
Sunday, May 16, 22:00, Studio 13
Monday, May 17, 22:30, Arcades
Thursday, May 20, 12:00, Arcades 2
Thursday, May 20, 15:30, Arcades 3

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