God exists…and He’s a jerk. Or so it appears in the world of THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, the irresistible and irreverent comedy-fantasy from veteran Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero) starring Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde and screen legend Catherine Deneuve, a 2016 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
In the beginning, as per THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe. “God” (Benoit Poelvoorde), you see, rules the universe from a high-rise apartment in Brussels and rarely changes out of His t-shirt and ratty bathrobe. Sitting behind a computer, He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity and tyrannizes His wife (Yolande Moreau) and ten year-old daughter, Ea (Pili Groyne). Like her brother JC before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world—by text message—the only thing He has over them: everyone’s inevitable death date! As the world’s denizens react (and over-react) to the information, Ea takes the elevator down to Earth—with daddy in pursuit—and gathers apostles to help write her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity.
“The film is in the form of a fairytale,” says director/co-writer Van Dormael of the structure of his modern-day fantasy. “Someone who hasn’t been raised in a particular faith could just as well relate to THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT the same as they would to Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland, because all these stories are inscribed in our collective memory.”
Following its current theatrical rollout to the U.S.’s top markets, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 7, 2017 (prebook January 31, 2017). The Blu-ray and DVD, which will include a host of bonus features including exclusive interviews the director and cast, will carry the suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.
More information on THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at www.musicboxfilms.com/testament