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Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey who adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever-changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions. She champions his gift for poetry.

The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. William Carlos Williams, who wrote the epic poem “Paterson,” is a touchstone, as are the poets Wallace Stevens and Frank O'Hara. But director Jim Jarmusch (last seen onscreen at the Belcourt with GIMME DANGER) is, as always, very much his own artist, and his unique voice is articulated through Driver and Farahani's note-perfect performances. This Zen-like master has done it again, providing us with an offbeat meditation on the couple and their desire for creative self-expression.

“Like many of Jarmusch's best films, this keeps surprising us with its minimal, witty inflections, at once epic and small-scale.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“An unfeasibly charming film full of little wisdoms and quiet comforts where we might expect to find provocations, its only deception is that it is so much richer than it seems at first glance...Possibly the smallest film ever to make poets of us all.” —Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

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Thursday

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLUCKYBRAD'S STATUSAnatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scèneNJFF: HARMONIA

Friday

THE FLORIDA PROJECT: Informal post-screening discussion upstairs (8:00pm)
TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWLUCKY

Saturday

HUMAN FLOW: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Robert Barsky and Jonathan Hiskey (12:20pm)
Olde Worlde Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood”LOVING VINCENTLUCKYTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONMANSFIELD 66/6712 Hours of Terror

Sunday

MACHINES: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Dan Cornfield and Tariq Tachil (6:40pm)
THE FLORIDA PROJECTLOVING VINCENTTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONHUMAN FLOWLUCKYMACHINESMANSFIELD 66/67

Monday

NJFF: THE WOMEN'S BALCONYLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWCHAVELAMANSFIELD 66/67LUCKY

Tuesday

LOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWNJFF: FANNY'S JOURNEYCHAVELALUCKY
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