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The Dreamed Ones

Die Geträumten

Directed by Ruth Beckermann
Austria, 2016
Drama, Avant-Garde


The themes of love and hate are depicted in this film. At center stage are the poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their vivid postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters.

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The Dreamed Ones Directed by Ruth Beckermann
The letters cover over 20 years and lifetimes of passion and regret. Slowly, the past and present collapse and compress. Ruth Beckermann’s deceptively simple cinematic idea abounds with unexpected layers of emotion.
January 13, 2017
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As the possibility of making plush, decorative film biographies becomes less and less of a financially feasible prospect, Austrian director Ruth Beckermann has found an extremely effective antidote to such prestige follies in her beautiful, lightly experimental performance film, The Dreamed Ones.
December 02, 2016
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Out of this informal rehearsal setting two narratives unfold: the intensely affecting letters of a turbulent post-war relationship spanning across Europe and almost twenty years, and that of the actors as they attempt to understand and respond to the letters in pauses between takes. The understated, unfinished quality of The Dreamed Ones – caught in the process of becoming – makes for a mesmerising and highly imaginative documentary.
November 01, 2016
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