If you ever left me
I’d tear my heart out
and never put it back.
Paterson (Adam 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 (Golshifteh 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.
Paterson is a 2016 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Jim Jarmusch. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes the film won the Palm Dog Award. It had its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released in Germany on November 17, 2016, by K5 International. It will then be released in France on December 21, 2016, by Le Pacte. It will then be released in the United States on December 28, 2016, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.
In January 2016, it was revealed that Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani had been cast in the film, with Jim Jarmusch directing from a screenplay he wrote, with Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur serving as executive producers under their K5 Film banner, while Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan will produce under their Animal Kingdom and Inkjet banners respectively.
The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2016, at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the Palme d’Or. Amazon Studios will distribute the film in the United States. It was later announced Bleecker Street is partnering with Amazon on releasing the film, on December 28, 2016. It will be released in Germany on November 17, 2016. It will be released in France on December 21, 2016.
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur, Owen Asztalos, Kacey Cockett, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper
Screenplay by: Jim Jarmusch
Production Design by: Mark Friedberg
Cinematography by: Frederick Elmes
Film Editing by: Affonso Gonçalves
Costume Design by: Catherine George
Set Decoration by: Lydia Marks
MPAA Rating: R for some language.
Studio: Amazon Studios
Release Date: December 28, 2016