|Directed by||Michael Almereyda|
|Produced by||David Lynch
|Written by||Michael Almereyda|
|Music by||Simon Fisher Turner|
|Edited by||David Leonard|
|Distributed by||October Films|
|Running time||93 min.|
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.
- Peter Fonda as Van Helsing
- Suzy Amis as Cassandra
- Galaxy Craze as Lucy
- Martin Donovan as Jim
- Jared Harris as Edgar
- Karl Geary as Renfield
- Elina Löwensohn as Nadja
- David Lynch (also Executive producer) as morgue attendant (cameo)
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