Hal Hartley has written and directed 12 feature films since his acclaimed 1989 debut, The Unbelievable Truth. His work has been showcased at film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, Melbourne, Sydney,and countless others. Renowned for his articulate, sharp, often satirical, but always compassionate scripts, Hartley’s work combines the best of American-style exuberance and intelligence with broader artistic influences from Europe and Asia. His work has been favorably compared to the films of Hollywood comedic master, Preston Sturges, to the searching and formally inventive films of French New Wave legend, Jean-Luc Godard, and to the kinetic, balletic solemnity of Buster Keaton movies.
Hartley’s most recent film, Meanwhile, featured at the 2012 Viennale, was released worldwide in 2012 through his own online sales and distribution channel, www.possiblefilms.com and, simultaneously, on iTunes. His other films include: Simple Men (Official Selection at Cannes in 1992), Flirt (which opened Sundance in 1997), The Book of Life (1998), and No Such Thing (also premiered at Cannes in 2001). He has won awards at the Sun-dance Film Festival for his film Trust in 1991, the Tokyo International Film Festival for Amateur in 1994, the Cannes International Film Festival for Henry Fool in 1998, and the “Premi Noves Visions” award at the Sitges International Film Festival in Spain for The Girl from Monday in 2005. There have been retrospectives of his work in Rotterdam, New York, Spain, Norway, Korea, Argentina, Poland and, most recently, in Canada.