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949 Ratings

Living in Oblivion

Directed by Tom DiCillo
United States, 1995
Comedy, Drama
  • English
  • English, French


The story follows a single disaster-filled day in the life of a director as he desperately tries to fulfill his vision and shoot his movie despite whining actors, bumbling crew members, exploding lights and malfunctioning fog machines.

Our take

Cinema has provided its share of films about the many challenges of filmmaking, but few—if any—realize as disastrous circumstances as Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion. Virtuoso performances from Catherine Keener & Steve Buscemi bolster this remarkably accurate and distinctly hilarious cult gem.

Living in Oblivion Directed by Tom DiCillo

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1995 | 2 wins including: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Independent Spirit Awards

1996 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

Stockholm International Film Festival

1995 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Valladolid International Film Festival

1995 | Winner: Best New Director

Critics reviews

A low-budget film about low-budget filmmaking, Living in Oblivion captures an intense and potentially demoralizing wrinkle of communal creation, whether the endeavor in question is filmmaking, writing, dance, or painting—that nothing’s a given… Director Tom DiCillo ingeniously structures the film as a trio of overlapping shorts that cumulatively suggest ripples emanating from a stone tossed in a pond.
November 24, 2015
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DiCillo’s ode to filmmaking plays like Fellini’s 8 1/2 re-imagined as a 90s music video… Peter Dinklage (making his film debut) steals the show as a disgruntled actor tired of the clichéd use of dwarves in dream sequences.
November 11, 2015
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