Sleep Furiously became a critical discovery at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, and then became one of the most critically acclaimed new British films of the year. It was described in the Independent on Sunday by Jonathan Romney as “sublime” and one of the signs of a British art cinema resurgence (along with HUNGER, and other New Wave releases UNRELATED and HELEN).
The film is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales that observes the rhythms of country life, and the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. But it is a life that is changing – the village school is about to close, mechanisation is replacing many of the old ways, congregations are dwindling, but the village show and the sheepdog trials carry on. Koppel’s interest in the eccentricities of life is simultan eously affectionate, moving and very funny.
The Guardian First Film Award
Director: Gideon Koppel
Filming Location / Set in: Trefeurig, Wales
Language: English, Welsh
Supported by: Ffilm Cymru Wales
Cast: Pip Koppel
Producers: Gideon Koppel, Margaret Matheson
Length: 92 minutes
Format: Cinema, DVD
Date: 29th May 2009
Sleep Furiously was screened with a Q&A as part of FHW’s Made in Wales Scheme.
“The film has richness and an unshowy compassion, its grammar and pace adjusting to the tempo of the countryside.” 4* – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Rights / Contact: New Wave Films
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