Programme

Land of Dreams

Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari

USA, Germany, 2021 / 113 min / English OV / Drama

AVANT-PREMIÈRE KINEPOLIS

America, in a near future, has closed its borders and has become more insular than ever. Simin is an Iranian immigrant who works for the Census Bureau which, in an effort to control its citizens, has begun a program to record peoples’ dreams. Unaware of this devious plot, Simin is torn between her compassion for those whose dreams she is recording and a truth she must find within.

Screenings

"Land of Dreams is the movie we were looking for in this period that we are living in!" Wall Street International 

"It's a witty and thrilling take on American culture that benefits from its creators' immigrant experiences and inventive style." The Hollywood Reporter 

Sélections
  • Official Selection, Orizzonti Extra Section, Venice Film Festival, 2021 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Sheila Vand (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT) Matt Dillon (CRASH, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY) Isabella Rossellini (BLUE VELVET, ENEMY) Anna Gunn (BREAKING BAD) William Moseley (NARNIA CHRONICLES) Christopher McDonald (THELMA & LOUISE, HAPPY GILMORE)
Screenplay 
Jean-Claude Carrière (THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, BELLE DE JOUR, THE TIN DRUM), Shoja Azari
Cinematographer 
Ghasem Ebrahimian
Montage 
Mike Selemon
Music 
Michael Brook
Production 
Bon Voyage Films GmbH, Palodeon Pictures LLC & Land of Dreams LLC
Distribution 
Beta Cinema
Biography

Shirin Neshat Born in Qazvin, Iran in 1957, Shirin Neshat is an Iranian artist and filmmaker living in New York. She works in the mediums of photography, video installation and film. Neshat has held numerous exhibitions internationally, most recently at the Tate Modern in London. She has been the recipient of the Golden Lion Award at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), and the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice Film Festival (2009), for her first feature film “Women Without Men.” Shirin Neshat’s second feature film “Looking for Oum Kulthum” (2017), was based on the life of the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Shirin Neshat directed her first opera, AIDA, at the Salzburg Music Festival, Austria in 2017 & 2022. Shirin is also world-renowned for her video art installations, the latest being LAND OF DREAMS shown at Photo London from September 1- 12, which she developed together with the same name film. She was featured in many solo exhibitions all around the globe with her work including “Roja” and “Sarah” (both 2016), “Illusions & Mirrors” (2013), “Games of Desire” (2009), “Munis”, “Faezeh” and “Farokh Legha” (all 2008), “Zarin” (2005), “Makdokht” (2004) amongst others. With her video art installations “Rapture” (1999) and “Turbulent” (1998) she won the International Award of the 48. Venice Biennale in spring 1999.

Shoja Azari Shoja Azari was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1957. Azari is a visual artist and filmmaker living in New York. He has directed several feature films including “K,” based on three short stories by Franz Kafka (2000); “Windows” (2006); “Simple Little Lives” (2015); and “Badria” (2017). Azari has been a long-time collaborator with visual artist Shirin Neshat. They co-directed “Women Without Men” (2009), which won the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice Film Festival and “Looking for Oum Kulthum” based on the life of the legendary Egyptian singer, Oum Kulthum. Azari’s art works have been widely exhibited internationally and are in major museum collections. Among them are “King of Black” (2013), “Idyllic Life” (2012), “Iconic Portraits” (2010) and “The Days of the Last Judgement” (2009). In Collaboration with Shirin he was also part of “Rapture” (1999) and “Turbulent” (1998), winning the International Award of the 48. Venice Biennale in spring 1999, and “Roja” and “Sarah” (both 2016), amongst others.