1984 at the Cannes International Film Festival, two directors, both celebrating their success together: Wim Wenders has been awarded the Palme d’Or for his film Paris, Texas (1984) and Jim Jarmusch the Caméra d’Or for the best debut film. Polaroid cameras were used to take photos on the sets of both films: Stranger Than Paradise (1984) is one of Jarmusch’s most important films and set him on the path to his international breakthrough. Originally conceived in 1982 as a short film, it was realized as a road movie two years later—having been expanded with three sections about New York, Cleveland, and Florida. In typical laconic Jarmusch style, full of poetry and a predilection for quirky characters, the film tells of the three immigrants, Willy, Eddy, and their Hungarian cousin Eva, who describe their lives in exile, their dreams, yearnings, and inner restlessness. Otto Grokenberger produced this cult film and his new photobook Stranger In Polaroid (2018) features exclusive, previously unpublished Polaroid images from the film’s set and production. These are the only color photographs that exist of the film set, locations, actors, and costumes. In conversation with curator Felix Hoffmann, Grokenberger will discuss his collaborations with Jarmusch, the film production process, and the unique qualities of Polaroid pictures. He will also present his photobook, recently released by photography and art book publisher JB. Institute Berlin.
Otto Grokenberger is the Executive Producer of the famous, black & white feature films Stranger Than Paradise (1984) and Down By Law (1986) by Jim Jarmusch. Grokenberger lives in Berlin and is currently working on an independent feature film, various photography books and exhibition projects.
Jenne Grabowski is the founder of art and photo-book publisher JB. Institute. He works as a freelance art director and curator and has directed a gallery for contemporary art and photography for the past three years (HVW8 Gallery). As a photographer he publishes his own books and zines.
Book Stranger In Polaroids – Forgotten Production Images . From Jim Jarmusch‘s Breakthrough Film
Beginn 8:30 pm
With Otto Grokenberger, Jenne Grabowski and Felix Hoffmann
Followed by the screening of Stranger than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch . 1984 . 1h 29 m
Ticket 15 / 11 Euro . Available online (zzgl. VVK-Gebühr) and at C/O Berlin from 03.09.2018