Championing dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, Tanner’s films from the late 1960s to the early 1980s feel just as urgent today.Read full description
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
The Middle of the World
In the White City
Light Years Away
One of the key works of eighties European cinema, and one of the great city films, Tanner’s poem/film in praise of solitude and the flâneur tracks a disaffected sailor (Bruno Ganz) wandering the streets of Lisbon.
Tanner’s first English-language work follows a young drifter (Mick Ford) and a crotchety recluse (Trevor Howard) as they make their way through a mystical, windswept Ireland. “A film that seems to pulsate with love and care for life” (Bruno Jaeggi).
Two fierce young women hit Switzerland’s not-so-open roads in Tanner’s claustrophobic road movie, a deeply pessimistic vision of social restriction that’s more proto–riot grrrl than pre–Thelma and Louise.
An aging conformist drops out of conventional life and joins a youthful anarchist community in Tanner’s first feature, “the most intelligent film inspired by the spirit of May ’68” (Nouvel observateur).
Tanner’s most celebrated work (coauthored by John Berger) tracks a ragtag group of Swiss dropouts and dreamers and the little refuge they create for themselves. “Seeing it today . . . its undefeated sanity is bracing” (Vogue).
John Berger cowrote the probing, teasingly ambiguous script for this film about the love affair between a Swiss engineer and an Italian immigrant waitress, turning a femme-fatale tragedy into a tale of the growth of a woman’s consciousness.
Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman (the amazing Bulle Ogier) shot her uncle in Tanner and cowriter John Berger’s portrait of the free and the defiant—and of those who get in their way. “A witty, shaggy, freewheeling tale” (Vogue).
Introduction by Jon Winet