CNR 2014: Movies: Alex Rivera (USA): Sleep Dealer
His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of 'New Directors / New Films' at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.
Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and was named one of Variety Magazine's "10 Directors to Watch." His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Maria Hinojosa and La Santa Cecilia. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.
Sleep Dealer is a sci-fi thriller packed with stunning visuals and strong social and political themes.
Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border, to work. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border - instead, Memo ends up in a surreal digital factory where he connects his body to a robot in America.
Memo's search for a better future leads to love, loss, and a confrontation with a mysterious figure from his past.
The Los Angeles Times write "Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, "Sleep Dealer" is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve."
[image source: Alex Rivera]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.
The movie 'Sleep Dealer' directed by Alex Rivera (USA) will be screened at Cafe Neu Romance on the 26 November 2014 at IIM.
IIM (Institute of
Hall H25 at FEL CVUT
160 00 Prague.
Note for the visitors of IIM: Go first to the info-desk at Galerie NTK, Technická 6, to get an entrance badge.