The USA in the near future – a country isolated, where even dreaming is no longer free. Shirin Neshat’s visually stunning portrait of a dystopia which may be nearer than we care to think. Simin (Sheila Vand), an Iranian American, works for the most important government office of the age, the Census Bureau. To understand and control the population better, the government has begun a programme to record the dreams of their citizens. Simin is one of the dream-catchers and travels with her bodyguard (Matt Dillon) across the country – torn between her mission and the sympathy she feels for those whose dreams she is documenting.
SHIRIN NESHAT (*1957) is an Iranian American artist, photographer and film-maker. In 2017, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed her film Looking for Oum Kulthum.
SHOJA AZARI (*1957) is an artist and film-maker and works with Shirin Neshat. They both direct their films, including Women Without Men (2009), which won the Silver Lion at Venice.
Land Of Dreams
USA, Germany, Qatar
OV with German subtitles
Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon, William Moseley, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Gunn, Christopher McDonald
Amir Hamz, Sol Tryon, Christian Springer
Scott Hirsch, Craig Parker, Stefan Chakerian
Cornelia Ackers, Monika Lobkowicz, Carlos Gerstenhauer
Bon Voyage Films, Palodeon Pictures LLC, Land of Dreams LLC