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Celluloid Sunday: To Sleep So as to Dream on 16mm
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Black and white of someone being carried on someone's back through a garden, framed by bushes. They walk towards the camera, a building in the background.
To Sleep So as to Dream (夢みるように眠りたい), dir. Kaizo Hayashi, Japan 1986, 83 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 12

Magic and mystery abound in this striking debut feature by filmmaker Kaizo Hayashi which follows a private detective who is hired to find the missing daughter of a silent film actress.

With a title that alludes to Shakespeare’s Hamlet and an intricate film-within-a-film structure, To Sleep So as to Dream is not a simple film to classify. Both a tribute to silent cinema and a playful deconstruction of it, Hayashi’s film is one of dreams, mysteries, and more than a handful of hardboiled elements.

The film is screening on a 16mm print from the ICA Archive.

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