The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp

Tulse Luper, a determined optimist, and a compulsive writer and scribbler, imprisoned in a hotel bathroom in the Grand Railway Station Hotel in Antwerp, has his copious writings investigated and transcribed by orders ofthe Antwerp stationmaster, by Cissie Colpitts, a woman who will become his life-long lover. Luper learns to use his prison time, writing on his prison walls, inventing projects for literature, theatre and cinema, and engaging with his jailers in various plots, schemes and adventures, causing the situation of jailer and prisoner to be persistently interchangeable, all the time making plans to escape with the aid of his friend Martino Knockavelli and his assembly of dubious collaborators. The stationmaster is determinedto photograph Luper as a Fascist sympathiser, and puts him in the hands of two eccentric jailers, Figura and Zeloty, who are eventually bought off by Lephrenic, one of Luper¹s Mormon American acquaintances, who stages Luper¹s phoney death as the Germans bomb the railway station. Luper is whisked away to other war-zones, other prisons and other adventures.

2003, 107 mins.

World Premiere: Venice International Film Festival, Italy

Festivals & Markets 2003

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent, Belgium
Montreal International Film Festival of New Cinema & New Media, Canada
Smithsonian Institution / Hirshhorn Museum, USA
Titanic Budapest Film Festival, Hungary

Festivals & Markets 2004

Palm Spring International Film Festival, USA
Skopje Film Festival,  Macedonia
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan

Festivals & Markets 2005
Cambridge Film Festival
European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Germany


Directed by 
Peter Greenaway

Writing Credits
Peter Greenaway

Enrique Alcides - Hans Heiner
Raymond J. Barry - Stephen Figura
Michèle Bernier - Valentina Cervi
Caroline Dhavernas - Passion Hockmeister
JJ Feild - Tulse Luper
Deborah Harry
Steven Mackintosh - Gunther Zeloty
Jordi Mollà - Jan Palmerion
Drew Mulligan
Nilo Mur
Barnabás Réti - Red Fox
Nigel Terry
Naim Thomas - (as Naím Thomas)
Kevin Tighe
David Vinau - Hostler boy
Yorick van Wageningen
Scot Williams - Percy Hockmeister
Jack Wouterse - Erik van Hoyten

Produced by 
Wouter Barendrecht - executive producer
Eva Baró - co-producer
Jet Christiaanse - supervising producer
Jimmy de Brabant - co-producer
Carlo Dusi - executive producer
Kees Kasander - producer
Aleksandr Mikhaylov - co-producer
Gherardo Pagliei - co-producer
Elisabetta Riga - co-producer
Edmon Roch - supervising producer
Áron Sipos - co-producer (as Aron Sipos)
Antoni Solé - co-producer
Sándor Söth - co-producer
Klaus Volkenborn - co-producer
Michael J. Werner - executive producer

Cinematography by 
Reinier van Brummelen

Film Editing by
Elmer Leupen

Costume Design by 
Andrea Flesch

Makeup Department
Sara Meerman - makeup artist

Art Department
Llorenç Castañer - first assistant art director
Queralt Antú Serrano - props

Sound Department
Dani Fontrodona - sound

Casting Department 
Pep Armengolcasting
Sharon Howard-Field - casting

Music Department
Eduardo Polonio - musician