Protagonist

Directed by Jessica Yu

Year: 2006
Running Time: 90
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Country: U.S.
Language: English and German, with English subtitles
Shop Home Video Educational Use

Protagonist

Crew
Directed by Jessica Yu


PROTAGONIST explores extremism through contrasting stories of personal revelation. The film features four individuals who have been devoted to personal odysseys - a cause, a quest, an ideal - to the point of total consumption. At first glance the characters appear disconnected: a former German terrorist, an “ex-gay” evangelist, a bank robber and a martial arts student. But as their stories unfold, one starts to see the parallels between the uncommon, common experience of these four men.

Each character embarks on a journey for valid reasons, only to find himself so deeply embedded in the cause that he becomes the opposite of what he had intended. He is blind to this fact, though, until the forces of fate and character boil and distill to a single moment of dark epiphany. In telling this echoing story, the film asks: what is the path to extremism? In responding to the turmoil of life, where does one draw the line between the reasonable and the unreasonable? And how does one recover from the delusion of certainty?

 

Reviews

"an enthralling documentary” - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Each man’s story as he tells it is riveting, truly stranger than fiction, and awesome, too, in the way of unfathomable humans.“ - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"wonderfully accomplished, unexpected and challenging.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"'Protagonist' is an irresistible and novel trip into innovative storytelling and satisfying resolutions.“ - John Anderson, Variety



Awards

  • GRAND JURY PRIZE NOMINEE: Sundance Film Festival 2007
    Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 24 2022 at 3:00pm
Starring screen icons Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, GAMBIT (1966) is a delightful yet deadly game of internat…' https://t.co/p5H2VLVYNo'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 2:00pm
Travel through Europe with THE MAN WITH THE ANSWERS 🚗, plus other road trip movies available to rent or own on…' https://t.co/sL1l7Gy56o'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 12:59pm
RT' @SaulWilliams': “The Camera Movements Were Almost Choreographed to Amplify the Ensemble Feeling, the Dances and the Musicality of That Un…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 23 2022 at 11:02am
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming Soon on Blu-ray & DVD! Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World (1961) Starring Gordon Scott, Yôko Tani & Hélène…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 7:28pm
RT' @dawnofthediscs': **ARTWORK REVEAL*** Coming soon to Blu-ray from' @KinoLorber' The Werewolf of Washington (Director's Cut) (1971) This…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 7:27pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming Soon! The Last Train From Madrid (1937) Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres, Gilbert Roland, Anthony Quinn, Karen Morley…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 2:00pm
Watch triple Sundance winner HIVE, which recently made the Oscar® shortlist for Best International Feature, on…' https://t.co/sbPIhSys8e'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 9:54am
RT' @nerdist': You can watch a ton of classic genre movies for free thanks to the folks at' @kino_cult'. Here are our recommendations. https://…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 9:54am
RT' @KyleDAnderson': Looking for some great genre movies to watch for no money? Here I wrote about my recommendations from the' @kino_cult' app…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 22 2022 at 9:53am
RT' @LAFilmCritics': Kino Cult, free ad-supported streaming destination for lovers of horror, crime and suspense, artsploitation, and other r…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com