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The Phantom Father

STRANGER THAN PARADISE meets CINEMA PARADISO in this bittersweet tale of an unusual quest, based on a true story. Unique, yet symbolic, is the story of the American professor of Jewish descent who is compelled to turn his back on a successful career and get on the road that takes him through danger, the unknown and the surreal, back to the roots to reclaim his identity. The quest takes Professor Traum, masterfully portrayed by Peter Greenaway and Francis Ford Coppola actor Marcel Iures, back to the Old World that rewards our traveller with a double love story. On the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema.

A tender and nostalgic homage to a past era, The Phantom Father combines stylistically the postmodern and classical cinema, assisted by superb photography, a haunting sound-track and great performances. An out-of-the-box road movie, The Phantom Father used a short story, called Almost Oriental by the writer of Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and Perdita Durango, Barry Gifford as a starting point.

Marcel Iures’ credits include Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth, Brian de Palma’s Mission:Impossible, Costa Gavras’ Amen and The Tulse Luper Suitcases by Peter Greenaway.


Road Movie / Comedy


92 MIN


English, Romanian


35 mm




Lucian Georgescu





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