Director: Ena Sendijarević
Runtime: 103 min
Country: Netherlands, Sweden, Indonesia
Language: Dutch, Indonesian
BEST PERFORMANCE (Renée Soutendijk)
Locarno Film Festival 2023
SILVER HUGO (New Directors Competition)
Chicago International Film Festival 2023
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST LEADING ROLE (Renée Soutendijk)
BEST SUPPORTING ROLE (Florian Myjer)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Netherlands Film Festival 2023
In Sweet Dreams, the lush landscape of a remote Indonesian sugar plantation in 1900 sets the backdrop for an enthralling exploration of Dutch colonial absurdity. When the death of plantation owner Jan exposes family secrets, a chaotic power struggle is triggered. With striking visuals and meticulous period details, the film captures the microcosm of colonial life, echoing the stylised visuals of films such as Lucretia Martel’s Zama and Yorgos Lanthomos’s The Favourite.
Amsterdam-based Bosnian filmmaker, Ena Sendijarević, celebrated for her acclaimed short film Import and debut feature Take Me Somewhere Nice, directs with finesse, blending caustic historical commentary with offbeat humour. Co-produced with Sweden and Indonesia, the film was the Netherlands’ official Oscar submission.
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