Archive of films American Splendor / American Splendor
2002, 100 min
Section: Horizons - Award-Winning Films
Harvey Pekar works in a veteran hospital in his native Cleveland. His monotonous life begins to change when his tedious dead-end existence is transferred to the world of comics… The film was given the Main Jury Prize at the Sundance FF 2003 and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes IFF 2003.
Harvey Pekar works at the VA Hospital in his hometown of Cleveland and fills his days with reading, writing, listening to jazz, and engaging in cerebral banter. When his buddy Robert Crumb earns wide acclaim for comic art, Harvey is inspired to write his own brand of comic books, and he makes the monotonous torture of his everyday foibles their focus. „American Splendor“ is hugely succesful, but Harvey still finds his life lacking. Enter the equally depressive Joyce Brabner, and united in codependence, the pair tackle life together. The film was given the Main Jury Prize at the Sundance FF 2003 and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes IFF 2003.
About the director
Shari Springer Berman (b. 1964, New York) and Robert Pulcini (b. 1964, New York) began cooperating at Columbia Film School. Their documentary Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen´s (1997) took the Special Jury Prize in the documentary competition at the 1998 Newport IFF and was also screened at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Their second film The Young and the Dead (2000) was screened at Venice in 2000 and broadcast on HBO. On her own Berman shot Velvet Elvis (1992) and Hello, He Lied and Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches (2002, TV); Robert Pulcini made Love After Death (1993). American Splendor is their first feature collaboration.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Horizons - Award-Winning Films|
|Director:||Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini|
|Screenplay:||Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini|
|Dir. of Photography:||Terry Stacey|
|Cast:||Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis|
|Contact:||HBO Films London|