Film View: The Sleepwalker

the sleepwalker by j.kiley '17 for short film

‘The Sleepwalker’ . poster by j.kiley

‘The Sleepwalker’ is filled with fun and delight. Often I post serious stories or tributes to lost souls of people deserving attention in their passing. This film is on the opposite side of grave . yet it does not lack in significance. Art is essential to the continuation of a developing culture. Without art and poetry life would become smaller and stagnant. Imagine a world . not far from our own at present . where we are not allowed our own thoughts . instead they are strictly uniform and must be obeyed without question. So I give you something necessary for our sense of humor and our ability to enjoy non-sense filled overflowing with delight.

A brief description of this film . it is a surrealistic continuation of paintings developing in response to the rhythmic motions in the growing edge of the musical piece. It guides the wonderfully marvelous short film ‘The Sleep Walker’ by Theodore Ushev. My toes became engaged in a natural response with the music. If I weren’t sitting . I would have been dancing. The spectacularly different painting strokes coming alive were enjoyably experienced by this viewer. It is a short film with a length of 4m 20s. Well worth the time to relax and let your body go inside the musical images as they continually change in shapes and colors .  artistically freeing of the spiritual elements in a playful manner . creating a deep feeling of overflowing joy. It awakens thoughts of a dancing Miro painting coming alive in motion.

‘The Sleepwalker’ was inspire by the poem ‘Romance Sonámbulo’ by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia-Lorca. He was a brilliant poet . gay . out-spoken . who’s writing was his way of bringing awareness to his surrounding reality and particularly to the need to resist Franco’s regime in Spain. Inevitably Garcia-Lorca was taken away by loyalists to Franco to an unknown location. It was there where he was murdered in response to his opposition. His body has never been found. It was only after Franco’s death that García-Lorca’s life and death could be openly discussed in Spain.

We need to be aware when a leader is trying to dominate the people . shutting down opposing voices . destroying freedom . creating their own facts of reality . and confusing the people into submission. It can happen without even noticing its occurrence. So beware . there may be an attempt happening now . here and globally.

Enough said. Please take a view of this amazingly adventurous piece of film art.  –  j.kiley


Sonámbulo / The Sleepwalker by Theodore Ushev

Length . . . 4m 20s

A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

A film by Theodore Ushev
Music by Kottarashky
Production: Les Productions Unité centrale / 9311-8990 Quebec Inc., Canada, 2015
Distribution: Bonobostudio (International), La Distributrice de films (Canada)

Special Jury Award, Animafest Zagreb 2015
Special Mention, Fest Anca 2015
Best Music Award, Animator Poznan 2015
Canadian Film Institute Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015
Special Mention, Multivision International Festival of Animated Arts 2015
Alva Costa Award for Best Short Film up to 5 Minutes, Cinanima Espinho 2015
Honorary Distinction, Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival 2015
Special Mention, Longue vue sur le court 2015
Special Mention, Sommets du cinema d’animation 2015
Best Short Animated Film Award, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2016
Special Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2016

Also the list of film festivals is extensive – exceeding over 10

Posted on ‘the secret keeper’ 26th May 2017 . Extended Review for Expats Post

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