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THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

Director: JACO VAN DORMAEL

113 minutes, Belgium, 2015, Digital, Subtitled


This film was released 15th April 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★1/2 Movies.ie ★★★★ The Irish Times

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God (Benoît Poelvoorde) lives in an apartment in Brussels; a mean-spirited curmudgeon in mangy pyjamas, he wreaks petty torments and large-scale disasters upon his subjects. His wife (Yolande Moreau) knows to keep out of his way, and focuses on her embroidery.

We know a lot about his son, JC, who is taking a back seat these days, but less so about headstrong daughter Ea (Pili Groyne). Ea plans to escape and avenge her father’s mistreatment of the earth by writing her own Brand New Testament, based on the lives of six randomly selected ‘apostles’, and by revealing his most cherished secret, the date of everybody’s death, which the peoples of the world receive via text message, the effect being an immediate outbreak of global peace. In the wake of Deathleaks, God realises he “no longer has mankind by the balls.” (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

IFI FILM CLUB

IFI Film Club screening on April 19th at 18.00. Join IFI Head of Cinema Programming, David O’Mahony with a guest on Tuesday, April 19th for a discussion about The Brand New Testament.  In this special event after the 18.00 screening, audience members are invited to join in and contribute to a conversation about this black comedy.

IFI FRENCH FILM CLUB

The IFI French Film Club screening of Brand New Testament is on Monday (April 18th) at 18.30 in Cinema 3 and will feature an intro with Philipe Millloux from the Alliance Française.

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