This excerpt from the Pacifique Cinematheque website is a perfect summary of just why this movie has moved audiences and critics all over the world alike:
David Bowie, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Beck, Matt Groening, the late Kurt Cobain, and an ever-growing cult audience are just some of the fans of eccentric indie-rock singer-songwriter and cartoonist Daniel Johnston. An exemplar of brilliance and madness going hand in hand, Johnston (who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder) has had a life marked by wild fluctuations, numerous downward spirals, and periodic respites from his severe mental illness. Director Jeff Feuerzeig won a well-deserved Best Director award at Sundance in 2006 for his long-in-the-making The Devil and Daniel Johnston, an illuminating chronicle of Johnston’s origins, rise to fame, disastrous breakdowns, paranoid delusions, painful redemption, and eventual elevation to unlikely living-legend status.
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