Somniloquies – Centro Luigi Pecci
France, UK, USA, 2017, 73'
Castaing-Taylor and Paravel blur the boundaries between inner dreamscapes and human bodies, pursuing their research – which runs through all their work – where the material and the immaterial are considered as one. At the core of Somniloquies lies the oneiric universe of singer-songwriter Dion McGregor, who became famous in the sixties as a clinical case for he was capable of recounting his dreams while asleep, depicting surreal and obscure worlds recorded by his friend Mike Barr.
A city of dwarves living in rent, an alien invasion, an exorcism séance, an extravagant military manoeuvre, a fetish burlesque show, an impromptu orgy, a collective drowning, a sudden depressurization causing a varnish leak. The viewer wanders in the subconscious of blurred images grafted onto bodies that have lost their contours in a film in which matter and unconsciousness blend into an experience of our inner world, exploring an ethnography of reality and the boundaries of the domain of visibility as well.