Call for Dreams

by Eyal de Leeuw | 05.01.19

Is the dreamer dreaming the dream? Or is the dream dreaming the dreamer?
Ran Slavin’s new film “Call for Dreams” is a glance into our deepest journey, a neo-noir thriller that will leave you asking for more.

Slavin, a renowned multi-media artist and a true moving image master, shot “Call for Dreams” in Tokyo & Tel Aviv. The film talks about how dreams can linger into reality, depicting one curious Japanese lady, a police detective investigating a murder puzzle, all taking place under a dark and seductive urbanscape. We met Ran for a quick dreamy interview about the film and his creation.

Hi Ran, Would love to hear you thoughts about dreams.
Their improbability and impossibility is frightening in relation to the confines of our reality perhaps. Dreams pose an anarchic element which can only happen in the etheric realm. Or do they? But some dreams you just want to cherish and revisit, stay longer in, euphoric dreams. There are technics to do this I’ve heard, called lucid dreaming, where you can dive into your dream lucidly and navigate the subconscious from within.

What is it in cities that you like the most?
First off, densely populated foggy cities seem to have a transient cinematic effect on me. It switches me on and I start to see and hear the invisible and inaudible music of the city, or the soundtrack of my next film. The variations of themes and people in the city, the electronic blinking scape of lights and neons, that form a cityscape is a strong and strange attractor for me. It reminds me of the films that have not been made yet, and the good ones that have. The distant city lights is that moment of linger before a gritty thrilling story rolls into play. It’s an electronic canvas scape full of new possibilities, forever changing and contemporary.

What led you to make a movie about dreams?
I was interested to make a film that challenged direct story telling forms, and to touch on different perceptions of what cinema can be.

Do you think dreams have a role in our creativity?
I think that if you dream well and peacefully at night, chances are your creative life will be a lot more wholesome, relaxed and free from external conventions. You will become complete. A lot of times in our wakeful life we feel something is nagging us, different tensions, chores to do, obligations, to do lists. In dreams we are free to mine & mind our own private worlds, however fantastic, frightening or sexy they may be.

Is your work influenced by dreams?
Definitely this work is! Call For Dreams. But yes, much of my work takes a walk on threshold situations, thresholds of perception, virtuality, reality, and the tensions between myth, history and the imagination. The here and now can take on many shapes and forms depending through which lens we look through. Dreams’ is a wide subject and as a concept, wide in interpretation. We sleep a third of our lives and we are only totally free in this state of the unconscious. So its a beautifully mysterious and largely unknown. For the film “Call For Dreams” I advertised an ad on social networks asking strangers to send me their dreams. I was interested to hear first hand what fellow earthlings were contemplating in the dark hours. The results I got back inspired the backstage structure of the film. Dreams are a puzzle that makes sense to us while we are in them, immersed. However abstract they are. They make sense. Perhaps a sense we are not accustomed to and not totally familiar with, but we are perplexed by it, drawn into it not knowing where it will take us. This is the sense that leads the film.

“Call For Dreams” is showing this month in Tel Aviv Cinematheque – for screening times click here.


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