DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Sleeping Land


The Sleeping Land




CATALOGUE TEXT
This land can be heard before it is seen, approaching by taps and hums, announcing itself in harsh rhythms and tinny sounds. A journey with the Trans-Siberian Railway, a distance of 10,000 kilometres, is also a musical one. The passengers meet singing women who dream of living in Manhattan, sharing their secrets with Demi Moore and acting in a Tarkovsky film. They meet a guitar player with a mouth full of gold teeth who believes that he sees a light behind his feverish delirium. The images are colourless but very close, faces are there to be explored, colours and patterns of the iris, lips, teeth, the texture of skin. What is the meaning of calm? Everybody has a different answer to this question. At the same time the film itself refuses to calm down, does not permit itself any rest. It doesn’t rush either but rather surrenders to a groove that takes it from city to city where it meets the local artists, musicians and failures. “The Sleeping Land” is a jam session taking us through a frozen but far from paralysed Russia.

Carolin Weidner

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Credits
Original Title: The Sleeping Land
Country: Spain
Year: 2017
Language: Russian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 64 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
Producer: José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
Cinematographer: Alfons Rodríguez
Editor: José Bautista
Music: José Bautista
Sound: José Bautista
Script: José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.