The Brand New Testament

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Belgium | 2015 | 112 minutes | Jaco Van Dormael

Le tout nouveau testament

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In this madcap religious satire from Jaco Van Dormael, all Hell breaks loose when the daughter of God—who turns out to be a cantankerous, vindictive slob living in Brussels—informs Earth's mortals of the exact dates of their demise.

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God exists. He lives in Brussels. He's odious to his wife and daughter. We know a lot about his son, JC, but very little about his daughter. Her name is Ea and she's 10 years old. One day she rebels against her father, hacks his computer, and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes to Earth, where she recruits six Apostles for a Brand New Testament. Laugh-out-loud funny, this eagerly awaited project from Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero) mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to salutary effect. No longer in thrall to God's all-seeing eye, the general populace feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires. For Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla. A snarling Benoît Poelvoorde plays God as a grumpy bastard, given to managing Earth's affairs while clad in a bathrobe and pajama bottoms. Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife, who comes into her own when God descends to Earth to, er, try to put the fear of God back into everyone.

  • Director: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Principal Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Francois Damiens, Pili Groyne
  • Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Producer: Jaco Van Dormael, Olivier Rausin, Daniel Marquet
  • Screenplay: Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig
  • Cinematographers: Christophe Beaucarne
  • Editors: Hervé De Luze
  • Music: An Pierlé
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2015 (Foreign Language Film), Fantastic Fest 2015 (Best Comedy), César Awards 2016 (Best Foreign Film nominee), Belgian Film Critics Association 2015 (Best Film), Biografilm Festival 2015 (Europe Audience Award), European Film Awards 2015 (Best European Production Designer), Haifa Film Festival 2015 (Fedeora Award), Golden Globe Awards 2015 (Best Foreign Film nominee), Luxembourg Awards 2015 (Best Film in Coproduction)
  • Filmography: Mr. Nobody (2009); The Eighth Day (1996); Toto the Hero (1991)
  • Language: French, German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films
  • International Sales: Le Pacte