PARIS — France’s Bodega Films has closed French rights on Jaime Rosales’ “The Dream and the Silence,” which plays Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
Renewing a relationship with the director that dates back to 2007 Un Certain Regard entry “Solitary Fragments,” and takes in 2008 San Sebastian Competition title “Bullet in the Head,” Cologne-based The Match Factory has inked international rights outside France and Spain.
“Dream” is lead-produced by Rosales’ Madrid-based Fresdeval Films. Jose Maria Morales’ Wanda Vision, a longtime Rosales production partner, co-produces in Spain, Les Films Baltashar in France. Wanda will distribute in Spain.
Written by Rosales and Catalan playwright Enric Rufas, co-scribe of Rosales’ debut, 2003’s “The Hours of the Day,” as well as “Fragments,” “Dream” turns on a Spanish couple, Oriol and Yolanda, who live in Paris with their two daughters. On holiday on Spain’s Ebro River Delta, they suffer an accident that changes their lives forever.
Situated on the borderlands between fiction and documentary — terrain successfully explored by fellow Spanish directors Jose Luis Guerin and Marc Recha — “Dream” was shot in b/w, used one take per shot, and non-pro actors attempting “an absolute identification,” Rosales said, between actor and character: Oriol, an architect, is played by an architect, for instance.
Actors were informed of a scene’s content just before shooting, then improvised, Rosales added.
“The motor of modern cinema is the interface between fiction and documentary,” Rosales said.
“Dream” was developed at Cannes’ 2010 Atelier workshop.
“Hours” won Cannes 2003 Fipresci Intl. Critics’ Assn. prize for best film in Other Sections, “Fragments” best film and director at the 2007 Spanish Academy Goya Awards. It grossed an upbeat €684,933 ($890,413) in Spain.