Land of Dreams

Friday, Sep 30, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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UCLA Film & Television Archive presents free screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

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Land of Dreams

U.S., 2021

In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau collects the dreams of Americans as part of its official demographic survey and when Simin (Sheila Vand), an Iranian immigrant with the Bureau, displays a knack for earning her subjects’ trust, she’s given a special assignment. With Matt Dillon playing her guide and bodyguard, Simin journeys across the American West and deep into the American subconscious. The first English-language film by internationally acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat, Land of Dreamsis also, in her own words, one of her most personal works. A visual artist herself, Simin photographs her interviewees and later performs as them for an art project that echoes Neshat’s own explorations of diasporic identity. Working with Shoja Azari, who co-directed and co-wrote the screenplay with frequent Luis Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière (The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieBelle de Jour), Neshat draws out the surreality of the American landscape as she explores the contrasts and contradictions of her adopted home through visually arresting tableau.

DCP, color, in Persian and English with English subtitles, 113 min. Director: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari. Screenwriters: Jean-Claude Carrière, Shoja Azari. With: Sheila Vand, Matt Dilllon, William Moseley, Isabella Rossellini.

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