Sleep Furiously became a critical discovery at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, and then became one of the most critically acclaimed new British films of the year. It was described in the Independent on Sunday by Jonathan Romney as “sublime” and one of the signs of a British art cinema resurgence (along with HUNGER, and other New Wave releases UNRELATED and HELEN).
The film is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales that observes the rhythms of country life, and the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. But it is a life that is changing – the village school is about to close, mechanisation is replacing many of the old ways, congregations are dwindling, but the village show and the sheepdog trials carry on. Koppel’s interest in the eccentricities of life is simultan eously affectionate, moving and very funny.
A documentary that's really more of a tone poem than your typical nonfiction look at a Welsh agricultural community would be. Hard to describe, but enchanting to watch. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2010/07/showing-not-telling.html
only when the end is near do I gain the courage to speak, the courage but not the words ...
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Sleep Furiously: A film by Gideon Koppel
“Sleep Furiously” is taken from a quote by Noam Chomsky “Colourless green ideas sleep furiously” and the film, directed by Gideon Koppel, features the… read review
I was actually lucky enough to see the ‘premiere’ of this film over at theauteurs.com a month or so back, and wrote a little piece about it for the blog. It’s been a while coming, but here we go…… read review
Sleep Furiously has been described as a poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings. In Gideon Koppel’s film, this theme is reflected through the uncertain future of a village… read review