Tulse luper 'a life in suitcases' by Peter greenaway

This film condenses the seven hour film of THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES into a two-hour feature film, and in doing so, accentuates the project as a filmic essay in multiple narratives, listings, side-bars, footnotes, commentaries and anecdotes, a mixture of fact, fiction, history and documentary, full of reprises and alternatives, a project for an Information Age, learning to treat narrative as an adjunct to experience relative to browsing rather than to reading, and ready to understand that there never is a phenomenon called History, there can only be Historians, who are always gatekeepers to vested interests.

The project's content deals with the last sixty years of the 20th century, what could be called the years of the first chapter of uranium, the symbolic element behind so much of this period of history, the bomb, the nuclear deterrent, the Second World War that lead to the Cold War, that, from Hiroshima to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, has created so much of this centuries history. Consequently the project uses the number 92, the atomic number of Uranium, as the structure for its ubiquitous hero, Tulse Luper, who travels the world from Utah to Manchuria over a period of more than sixty years, involved in 92 adventures with 92 suitcases and 92 characters. So much information stretches the boundaries of the vocabulary of conventional cinema, and will be further and much more lengthily explored in the project's other manifestations of websites, DVDs, plays, books, exhibitions and installations.

2005, 121 mins.

World Premiere: Cambridge Film Festival

Festivals & Markets 2005
International Film Festival Cannes


Directed by
Peter Greenaway

Writing Credits
Peter Greenaway

Raymond J. Barry - Stephan Figura
Noraly Beyer - Leslie Cotumely / Thomas Papier
Stephen Billington - Tulse Luper
Roberto Citran -  Raoul Wallenberg
Michael Culkin - Luper Authority
Caroline Dhavernas - Passion Hockmeister
JJ Feild - Tulse Luper / Floris Creps
Porgy Franssen - Officer Harpsch
Anna Galiena - Madame Plens
Deborah Harry - Fastidieux (as Debbie Harry)
Steven Mackintosh - Gunther Zeloty
Jordi Mollà - Hypolite / Gaudí / Jan Palmerion
Drew Mulligan - Martino Knockavelli
Ornella Muti - Mathilde Figura
Ronald Pickup - Monsieur Moitessier
Franka Potente - Trixie Boudain
Roger Rees - Tulse Luper
Isabella Rossellini - Mme. Moitessier
Dewi Savage
Maria Schrader - Felicite
Kevin Tighe - William Gottschalk
Ana Torrent - Charlotte des Arbres
Yorick van Wageningen - Julian Lephrenic
Scot Williams - Percy Hockmeister
Jack Wouterse - Erik van Hoyten / The station master
Andre Schneider - Man in Red (uncredited)

Produced by
Eva Baró - co-producer
Jet Christiaanse - line producer
Carlo Dusi - executive producer
Kees Kasander - producer
Antoni Solé - co-producer
Sándor Söth - co-producer

Music by 
Borut Krzisnik

Cinematography by
Reinier van Brummelen

Film Editing by
Elmer Leupen
Jaap Praamstra
Job Te Veldhuis
Chris Wyatt

Costume Design by
Andrea Flesch

Makeup Department
Sara Meerman - hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management 
Natascha Teunissen - post-production manager
Jochem van Rijs - post-production supervisor

Sound Department 
Ranko Paukovic - sound designer

Special Effects by 
Sara Meerman - special effects makeup

Visual Effects by
Vera Jeske Younan - digital colorist (as Vera Jeske)

Camera and Electrical Department
Ruzbeh Babol - camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department 
Marrit van der Burgt - wardrobe

Editorial Department 
Florian Obrecht - on-line editor

Music Department
Sandra Chechik - composer: additional music

Other crew
Allard van der Werff - assistant: Peter Greenaway