Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000

(Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000)

A didactic film with no lesson to teach, an encyclopedic film with no conclusion.

Serge Daney

Jean-Luc Bideau, Rufus, Miou-Miou, Jacques Denis,

Hear a recording of Alain Tanner discussing Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 with Tom Luddy, then director of the Pacific Film Archive, and the audience after a screening on September 9, 1979.


The cinema of Alain Tanner has always made room for society’s dropouts and dreamers, and nowhere more so than in his most celebrated work (coauthored by John Berger), which tracks a ragtag group of Swiss strangers, brought together by chance and a shared anticapitalist spirit, and the little refuge they create for themselves in the face of political and economic failures. A bracing reminder that change indeed begins at home, over dinners and conversation, Jonah “strikes a mature balance between being realistic about the world and thinking that another world is possible,” notes Vogue’s John Powers. “Seeing it today . . . its undefeated sanity is bracing.”

Jason Sanders
  • Alain Tanner
  • John Berger
  • Renato Berta
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 116 mins