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Hilarious Oscar Shortlisted and Golden Globe-Nominated ‘The Brand New Testament’ at PSIFF

Hilarious Oscar Shortlisted and Golden Globe-Nominated 'The Brand New Testament' at PSIFF

The Brand New Testament” is absolutely hilarious. And yes, the great Catherine Deneuve falls in love with a big gorilla and they have a passionate affair. Who’d have thunk it?

God exists. He lives in Brussels today. He’s odious to his wife and daughter. He’s a real jerk who has a talented computer and thus he gets to create
reality – at his stupid whims.
We know a lot about his son, the famous JC, but very little about his daughter. Her name is Ea and she’s 10 years old. One day, she rebels against her
father, hacks his computer and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes out their apartment door to Earth / reality, where she
recruits six really strange Apostles to create a Brand New Testament.

Laugh-out-loud funny, this is from Jaco Van Dormael (“Toto the Hero” and “Mr. Nobody”) mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to hilarious effect.

No longer subject to God’s all-seeing eye, the general populace
feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires.
For Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla.
Meanwhile, now outcast, the former God is a snarling Benoit
Poelvoorde playing God as a grumpy bastard, formerly given to managing
Earth’s affairs while
clad in a bathrobe and pajama bottoms.

Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife who comes into her own when given God like powers (e.g. the design she decides on for the sky
above – hilarious!!)

Dormael’s latest is one of nine shortlisted films in the running
for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and is nominated for a 
Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

ISA: Le Pacte. U.S. Distribution : None Yet.

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