THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT begins with one simple conceit: God
exists, and He’s a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels
and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming
up new “laws” to torment humanity, and He’s a petty tyrant to his wife
and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had
enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity,
she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world—by text
message—the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date.
Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and
writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made
of humanity. Her six apostles —a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a
killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a
gender dysphoric child—learn to celebrate life and love, and provide us
with Jaco Van Dormael’s dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded
question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had
left to live?