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FIRST RUN FEATURES presents the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of

STRANGERS ON THE EARTH

Documentary Opens May 4 in New York and June 1 in Los Angeles

Interviews available upon request


First Run Features is proud to announce the U.S theatrical premiere of Strangers on the Earth, directed by Tristan Cook. The film opens at New York's Cinema Village on
May 4, 2018, with a Los Angeles premiere to follow at Laemmle's Music Hall beginning June 1, 2018.

With a title taken from the New Testament, Strangers on
the Earth
follows the extraordinary, almost foolishly ambitious mission of Cleveland Orchestra cellist Dane Johansen to traverse the storied paths of Europe’s famed pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago. Johansen’s singular quest to walk the 600-mile trail carrying his cello on his back sets him apart from most other pilgrims. His goal: to perform and record Bach’s Cello Suites in 36 ancient churches along the way.

As has likely occurred on every Camino pilgrimage since
the Middle Ages, Johansen encounters a diverse array of characters: lovers whose entire relationship plays out in a matter of a few weeks; self-styled philosophers; wounded souls recovering from illness or mourning the loss of loved ones. All share the trials and tribulations of the journey
along with their personal stories over goat-skins of wine.

The musician, who foresaw the walk primarily as a recording project, is surprised by the demands that greet him daily as he arrives exhausted at each church only to find it filled with an expectant audience. The recordings of his performances of the Cello Suites provide the film's contemplative soundtrack.

An experiential piece of filmmaking, Strangers on the Earth brings to audiences a musical artist’s personal journey set against a universal backdrop. The film reveals the shared experience of the pilgrims who walk the Camino, finding common patterns in both the multitude of bodies who move westward on the path each year (the physical) and the inner life of these same individuals who are often surrounded by other pilgrims but are very much alone.

“In making the film, I wanted to focus on the universal story of the pilgrim, on the common threads amongst this group of people all moving in the same direction,” says director Tristan Cook.
“What I find fascinating about the Camino is that it can take on whatever meaning today that we, as pilgrims, apply to it: from its days as a pre-Christian trade route, to its religious heyday in the Middle Ages, all the way to the present and the tourist industry atmosphere that currently surrounds it. The Camino has always been a very potent idea, a conduit for meaning for a large variety of people.

“Over 300,000 people walk the Camino every year now. It may just be a line on a map that connects point A to point B, but this particular path is loaded with meaning and metaphor, and that makes it a great cinematic subject.”
"Beautifully filmed. Profound and honest."
- Vancouver Observer


"Transcendent, enlightening, and even occasionally funny."
- NOW Magazine Toronto


"Europe's most famous path. Take it, and this marvelous film, at your own pace."
- The Globe and Mail


Credits

Director: TRISTAN COOK
Producer: DANE JOHANSEN
Director of Photography: ISKRA VALTCHEVA
Editor: SEAN CLIFTON

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STRANGERS ON THE EARTH
Run Time – 97 mins
Language – English
Format - Digital
Year - 2017
Genre – Documentary



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