DREAMOVER

Original Title: Dreamover
Year: 2021
Duration: 99 min.
Country: Russia

Director: Roman Olkhovka (first time director)
Script: Roman Olkhovka
Cast: Ilya Chepyrev, Angelina Savchenko, Roman Olkhovka

Synopsis:

Dmitriy is a lonely, aging man who randomly comes across an advertisement for a clinic that helps treat insomnia and bad dreams. He’s been having a reoccurring nightmare where he is submerged and drowning in a large void of water. The doctor at the clinic provides Dmitriy with a device that replaces his bad dreams with wonderfully vivid pleasant ones. On his first night with the device, he unlocks a forgotten romance between his younger self and a gorgeous woman named Masha. These new pleasant dreams inspire Dmitriy to reunite with his old friend Max and take up playing his dusty guitar again. However, as he experiences the ups and eventual downs of his relationship with Masha, he begins to understand how reliving these memories and being doomed to wake up from them might become a nightmare in itself. There are rules involved with these dreams, and Dmitriy is desperate it might become a nightmare to find a way to break them so that he can manifest the fixed relationship into his reality.

Combining and blending drama, romance and sci-fi genres DREAMOVER looks like a perfect Valentine for those, who miss that kind of “true love” movies we all loved, when we were young. But being told from an older man’s perspective this story can lead the rest of the audience to pretty unexpected conclusions…

 Review:

  • “Acting, writing, large heart and breathtaking cinematography!” Film Threat
  • “Haunting, fascinating and compelling.” Splash Magazin
  • “Never predictable!” movie-blogger.com
  • “Kicked-up a lot of emotions.” Unseen Films

Festivals: more than 17 Awards and 8 nominations:

  • BCIFF Award of Excellence BEST ROMANCE at Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
  • Judges Award BEST FEATURE at Cambria Film Festival
  • GRAND JURY AWARD at Dances with Films
  • BEST FEATURE FILM and CINEMATOGRAPHY at European Cinematography Awards
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FANTASY & SCIFI MOVIE at Ferratum Film Festival, Mexico
  • BEST SCREENPLAY at Festival of Cinema NYC, USA
  • BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE at New Hope Film Festival, USA
  • BEST FEATURE FILM at Paris Film Awards, France
  • BEST SCI-FI MOVIE at Paris International Film Awards, France
  • BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST SCORE, BEST ACTRESS, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST DIRECTOR at Scorpiusfest
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BEST FOREIGN FILM, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR at Skiptown Playhouse Intl Film Festival
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR at Wallachia International Film Festival