It’s going to be a sea of auteurs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with many directors returning to the red carpet with new movies to debut. One one we’re particularly looking forward to is Jim Jarmusch‘s “Paterson.” And with the premiere still over a week away, three clips from the film have arrived to give us a peek at what the director has up his sleeve.
Adam Driver takes off the mask as Kylo Ren, and puts on a bus driver’s uniform to play the titular lead, who in addition to working in public transit, is also a poet. Co-starring Golshifteh Farahani, Kara Hayward and Sterling Jerins, this looks like one that will move at its own easy-going, observational pace. Here’s the official synopsis:
Paterson (played by Driver) 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 (played by Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Amazon will release “Paterson,” but no date has been set. Check out one clip up top, and two more below.