A pair of boldly imaginative cinematic reveries explore the ways in which memories can be manufactured, recreated, and reshaped. In Léo Berne and Raphaël Rodriguez’s CENSOR OF DREAMS, a band of hapless bureaucrats work overtime to thwart a woman’s subconscious mind from wandering into its darkest realms—but how long can the truth be suppressed? It’s a perfect companion to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough AFTER LIFE, a profound, soulful meditation on mortality and cinema itself in which the recently deceased are given an opportunity to choose—and relive—one memory to hold on to for eternity.
Censor of Dreams
Directed by Léo Berne and Raphaël Rodriguez • 2021 • France
Starring Damien Bonnard, Yoko Higashi, Alexis Rodney
Each night, a team of harried, hapless dream censors work furiously to keep a sleeping woman’s unconscious mind from entering its darkest realms—but just what are they trying to cover...
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda • 1998 • Japan
Starring Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima
If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which...