30.09. - 09.10.2021

Promised Land USA, Germany 2017 | 117 min | OV | Colour | FF 2017

Eugene Jarecki

With his documentaries The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Why We Fight (2006) and The House I Live In (2012) EUGENE JARECKI (*1969) won numerous prizes. Promised Land was shown in the official programme at Cannes.

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DOCUMENTARY Across the USA in Elvis' Rolls Royce. Contemporaries of the King climb aboard, fans, celebrities like Ethan Hawke, Ashton Kutcher and Alec Baldwin. They talk about Elvis and about their country 40 years after his death, where a millionaire reality TV star is aiming to win an election using unprecedented levels of vulgarity. Parallels of decline arise: on the one hand, the country boy who fell victim to fame, money and drugs – and on the other a once aspiring nation, now being hollowed out by decadence and coarseness. A musical road movie and a cultural portrait of the American dream at a critical point in US history.
Original title: Promised Land
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Section: Transatlantic
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Screenplay: Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John
Cast: Peter Guralnick, Chuck D, M. Ward, Greil Marcus, Ethan Hawke
Producer: Christopher St. John, David Kuhn, Eugene Jarecki
Director of Photography: Etienne Sauret, Tom Bergmann
Music: Robert Miller, Antony Genn, Martin Slattery
Production Design:
Editor: Simon Barker, Élia Gasull Balada, Alex Bingham, Laura Israel
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: UTA
Production: Ghost in the Machine Production
Contact: Barbara Biemann, NDR:


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