An unsentimental black and white journey.

Nebraska a black-and-white comedy-drama road film was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Grand Prize) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where Dern won the Best Actor Award. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. After the screening will be a discussion with the cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC.  


“Originally we intended to shoot black and white stock but Paramount requested a color version of the film as well, and that excluded us from using black and white stock. All we were told is ‘we can’t sell a black and white movie; certain markets won’t take it,’ and we were never really able to find out who the color version is for. HBO came up. It was like, ‘HBO won’t show black and white,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, really? HBO won’t show ‘Raging Bull?'”

Phedon Papamichael, ASC

An aging alcoholic drafts his son to drive him from Montana to Nebraska so the old man can redeem his winning sweepstakes ticket. The son goes reluctantly, suspecting his dad's winning ticket is the same personalized form letter sent to millions of people.



Directed by: Alexander Payne
Script: Bob Nelson
Cinematography by: Phedon Papamichael, ASC
Music: Mark Orton
Edited by: Kevin Tent
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, June Squibb  

115 minutes