a film by Ran Slavin
81 minutes. Mystery, Poetic-Noir thriller
Languages: Japanese, English, Hebrew, Russian. Subtitles: English
In rainy Tokyo, the lives of a curious Japanese lady and an Israeli police detective intertwine through dreams.
Eko complicates her life by publishing a ‘Call for Dreams’ ad in a Tokyo newspaper. With her scooter she visits strangers in the alienating city, who leave descriptions of their strange dreams on her analog answering machine and for a fee acts them out. As the dreams seep into reality, a parallel police investigation of a murder in Tel Aviv unfolds, in a poetic Neo-Noir art film.
“Is the dreamer dreaming the dream or is the dream dreaming the dreamer? More than a disturbing message left on the answering machine of an Israeli detective, the beginning of the film is almost a statement of principles. Like dreams, this explicitly oneiric film plays with chronology and mixes up people and places. It is night in a Tokyo dwarfed by neon lights. It is raining. Eko has placed an ad in the paper looking for people willing to tell her about their dreams, so she can stage a performance of sorts with those who have had the strangest ones. The home “therapy” she offers takes her into the entrails of a visually magnetic city, transformed into a different character every day. Meanwhile, the detective investigates and dreams. Or does he dream he is investigating? We live the reality we choose to live. We have the ability to transform, or in some cases deform our memories so we can live with them. The realm of dreams, with its illogic logic, is suited to philosophy and fertile ground for creating images of hypnotic beauty, like the unforgettable atmospheres of this film”.
Mami Shimazaki, Yehezkel Lazarov, Yuval Robichek
With Oleg Levin, Olga Kurkulina, Harue Masuda, Takanori Kawaharada, Akila Kawamura, Chiaki Horita, Tsuneyoshi Ichihara, Chen Wei Lee, Mariko Kakizaki, Roee Adar
81 minutes | 2018 | Language: Japanese, English, Hebrew, Russian. Subtitles: English. Produced by Plan B Productions in association with Nocturnal Rainbow Films
Produced by Ronen Ben Tal & Ran Slavin
Associate Producer Merav Ktorza
Written & directed by Ran Slavin
Black Nights Film Festival, “Rebels WIth a Cause Competition” International Premier, Tallinn – Estonia 2018
Haifa International Film Festival, Israeli premier, 2018
Camerimage Film Festival, “Directors Debut & Cinematographers Debut Competitions”, Poland 2018
Utopia Film Festival, (winner best film, Israeli competition) Israel 2018
Ficci, The International Film Festival of Cartagena De Indias, Cartagena, Colombia 2019
Academy nomination (Ophir Awards) for best production design, Israel 2018
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