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Genre: Film essay
Synopsis

In a rain drenched Tokyo, a high rise apartment, Eko complicates her life by publishing a 'Call For Dreams' ad in the newspaper. With her scooter she visits strangers who leave descriptions of dreams on her analogue answering machine, and carries out a task in relation to their recording as a form of fantasy deciphering ritual. Details accumulate to a network of dreams involving her neighbor, a Russian mobster and a female body builder, an elderly woman and an Israeli detective investigating a murder in Tel Aviv, in a story that unfolds in parallel lines.

“Call For Dreams” is a Neo-Noir, mystery, that is in dialogue with contemporary Asian Art House cinema. It tells a story of city -urbanism, dreams & virtuality in the cosmopolitan and global era in which we live. It is an impossible thriller in which random characters seek to express their dreams as part of their problematic desires to experience themselves in the story of their lives. It is a film that lingers on the alienated relations between its characters, which often interact through descriptions of dreams, audio recordings, monetary interactions or police investigations.

With its unique blend of suspense, and playful blurring of fact and fiction, “Call For Dreams” was filmed in Tokyo and Tel Aviv. The story rolls out in a rainy Tokyo but was shot mostly in Tel Aviv in the summer. With careful planning and outdoor shootings without any of the actors the shots were reconstructed in postproduction merging the actors into Tokyo, and vice versa. A film to be experienced and immersed in, it is visual cinema, a cinema of cinema. It is also funny.

Claudia Landsberger

Director
Ran Slavin

Ran Slavin has a BA degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Filmmaker, video artist & experimental electronic musician based in Tel Aviv. „Call For Dreams”, his first full-length film, premiered at the Haifa Film Festival and was nominated for best production design at the Ophir Awards.

Filmography
  • The Insomniac City Cycles (short, 2009)
  • Call for Dreams (2018)
Tue, 27.11.2018
6:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
120306
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 120306
Movie guests
Director Ran Slavin, Producer  Merav Ktorza
Fri, 30.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
150407
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 150407
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Countries: Israel, Japan
Year: 2018
Duration: 83 minutes
Languages: Japanese, English, Hebrew, Russian
Director: Ran Slavin
Producer:  Ronen Ben Tal
Writer: Ran Slavin
DOPs: Maayan Blech, Yuri Gershberg, Neil Cohen, Ran Slavin
Montage: Ran Slavin
Composer: Ran Slavin
Cast: Mami Shimazaki, Yehezkel Lazarov, Yuval Robichek, Oleg Levin, Olga Kurkulina
Production: Nocturnal Rainbow Films
Synopsis

In a rain drenched Tokyo, a high rise apartment, Eko complicates her life by publishing a 'Call For Dreams' ad in the newspaper. With her scooter she visits strangers who leave descriptions of dreams on her analogue answering machine, and carries out a task in relation to their recording as a form of fantasy deciphering ritual. Details accumulate to a network of dreams involving her neighbor, a Russian mobster and a female body builder, an elderly woman and an Israeli detective investigating a murder in Tel Aviv, in a story that unfolds in parallel lines.

“Call For Dreams” is a Neo-Noir, mystery, that is in dialogue with contemporary Asian Art House cinema. It tells a story of city -urbanism, dreams & virtuality in the cosmopolitan and global era in which we live. It is an impossible thriller in which random characters seek to express their dreams as part of their problematic desires to experience themselves in the story of their lives. It is a film that lingers on the alienated relations between its characters, which often interact through descriptions of dreams, audio recordings, monetary interactions or police investigations.

With its unique blend of suspense, and playful blurring of fact and fiction, “Call For Dreams” was filmed in Tokyo and Tel Aviv. The story rolls out in a rainy Tokyo but was shot mostly in Tel Aviv in the summer. With careful planning and outdoor shootings without any of the actors the shots were reconstructed in postproduction merging the actors into Tokyo, and vice versa. A film to be experienced and immersed in, it is visual cinema, a cinema of cinema. It is also funny.

Claudia Landsberger

Director
Ran Slavin

Ran Slavin has a BA degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Filmmaker, video artist & experimental electronic musician based in Tel Aviv. „Call For Dreams”, his first full-length film, premiered at the Haifa Film Festival and was nominated for best production design at the Ophir Awards.

Filmography
  • The Insomniac City Cycles (short, 2009)
  • Call for Dreams (2018)