Nadja (film)

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Nadja
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Directed by Michael Almereyda
Produced by David Lynch
Mary Sweeney
Written by Michael Almereyda
Starring Elina Löwensohn
Peter Fonda
Karl Geary
Music by Simon Fisher Turner
Cinematography Jim Denault
Edited by David Leonard
Distributed by October Films
Release dates
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time 93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Nadja is a 1994 film by Michael Almereyda starring Elina Löwensohn as the creature Nadja and Peter Fonda as Van Helsing. As the character's names suggest, Nadja is a vampire film, but treating elements of the genre in an understated arthouse style.

The deadpan acting, episodic nature of the plot, and the presence of Martin Donovan and Löwensohn are suggestive of a Hal Hartley film though he was not involved in the production. The Chicago Review called it "Hal Hartley meets David Lynch". The style of the film changes from dramatic horror to horror comedy by the end as evidenced by the laughing vampire toy during a trip to Romania.

The film is shot in black and white by Jim Denault mostly at night in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including use of the PXL-2000, and is underscored by an incessantly creepy, dreamlike score/soundscape by Simon Fisher Turner as well as the songs "Soon" and "Lose My Breath" by My Bloody Valentine and "Strangers" and "Roads" by Portishead.

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