In a deep cave, from a deep sleep, a caver awakens into an infinite dream.

In the 1960s, at the height of the Space Race, a 23-year-old French geologist named Michel Siffre went to live in an underground cave for two months. Siffre investigated how the human body deals with extremely long isolation in a confined space, and how our sleep cycle responds to the absence of daylight. Between 1962 and 1972, Siffre conducted several expeditions, some of which lasted up to 150 days underground.

Inspired by this true story, Dreamlife inserts fictional elements to speak about the beginning of art, the development of consciousness and the experiences of a human body in a non-human environment. For visual artist Moti, this first narrative feature is at once a further exploration of these familiar thematic concerns, as well as a stylistically adventurous move into new terrain. A delirious trip.

Filmmaker
Melvin Moti
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
English
Producer
Hans de Wolf
Production Company
KeyFilm
Sales
KeyFilm
Writer
Melvin Moti
Cinematography
Niels Boon
Editor
Melvin Moti
Production Design
Josine Immoos
Sound Design
Rosanne Blokker, Melvin Moti
Music
Melvin Moti
Cast
Sam Louwyck, Wine Dierickx, Vincent van der Valk, Sallie Harmsen