CLOSE THE EYES

An investigation into the impact of dreaming (and it’s lack) on the individual and collective psyches. Beginning in the city of Vienna, which is posited to be a gateway to the underworld, the film builds a psycho-geographic map from experiences, encounters, reflections and observations. The film opens within the space of a dream located in Dr. Sigmund Freud’s office at the turn of the twentieth century. The viewer is introduced to an eclectic cross-section of the Viennese public – who discuss their perspectives on dreams, the unconscious, and the resulting effect on waking life. Each encounter reveals a new pathway on the filmmakers’ evolving map. Conversations are interwoven with imagery and text inspired by the filmic history of dream representation, music, archival imagery and audio recordings.

MICHAEL W. WILSON