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3.8
828 Ratings

Living in Oblivion

Directed by Tom DiCillo
United States, 1995
Comedy

Synopsis

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.

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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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