Within his own very particular yet deliberately unscripted universe, Bokanowski continues to innovate and explore. The sun and dreams have been recurring subjects for Bokanwoski in most of his recent works (Flammes (1998), Le rêve eveillé (2003), Battements solaires (2008), Un rêve (2014)). In A Solar Dream his obsession reaches an ecstatic climax.
Most of the time it is hard to determine what we are actually seeing: a theatre play, a pyrotechnic spectacle, mannequins in stop-motion, ink blots – every film image in this dream diary has been transformed after its shooting. Forms are stretched, superimposed, amplified, and transformed. Akin to painting, the images in this film possess the power to reinvent the visible. There is very little dialogue, just a few phrases from Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed. Music (by the director’s lifelong partner Michèle Bokanowski) plays a decisive role in structuring this mystic battle between light and darkness.

International title
A Solar Dream
Filmmaker
Patrick Bokanowski
Country
France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
60’
Language
French
Producer
Patrick Bokanowski
Production Company
Kira B.M. Films
Sales
Kira B.M. Films, Patrick Bokanowski
Writer
Patrick Bokanowski
Cinematography
Patrick Bokanowski
Editor
Patrick Bokanowski
Music
Michèle Bokanowski
Cast
Laurence Chable, Vincent Joly
Website
unrevesolaire.fr