Saturday, 25 February 2012

Leszek Plichta "Dreammaker" (2007)

Dreammaker is a major film from the celebrated German Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg made over four years essentially by one man, Leszek Plichta, as his Diploma project. For a gold coin the Dreammaker will concoct a dream, enclosed in a translucent blue globe and capable of transforming the meanest existence. But the old man is mean and bitter. The girl breaks her dreams, not that they were what she asked for, and has to work hard tending for her master before her own dream is granted. And what of his dream? This is a fairy tale for adults. Be warned, I jumped out of my seat, shocked by one particular early sequence. The setting is a combination of Heath Robinson and Dr Frankenstein, lightning and thunderbolts, but there is also a softer side of blossom trees and butterfly. Indeed Leszeck is a sentimental thing, his girl having lovely, large eyes, often to be seen brimming over with tears. And is the old fellow more than a curmudgeon? At more than thirteen minutes this is something of the epic animated short but interest and wonder is sustained throughout. Of course, the director received help: Tom Zahner's English voice for the main character, David Christiansen's professional orchestral music equisitely played by the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, and the screenplay from Dominik Steffan. But the body of work remains Leszec's, an entirely impressive achievement and a fascinating film.

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