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Sleep With Your Eyes Open
A film by Nele Wohlatz
Year|2024 Duration|97 min
Language |Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, English and German Territory |Brazil/Argentina/Taiwan/Germany
World Premiere|Berlinale


A coastal city in Brazil. Kai arrives from Taiwan for holidays with a broken heart. A broken air conditioner sends her into Fu Ang’s umbrella store. He could become a friend, but the rainy season doesn't arrive and his shop disappears. While looking for Fu Ang, Kai discovers the story of Xiaoxin and a group of Chinese workers in a posh skyscraper. Kai finds herself strangely mirrored in Xiaoxin’s tale.


Nele Wohlatz

Filmmaker Nele WOHLATZ (1982, Germany) studied scenography and philosophy at the University of Applied Arts Karlsruhe and film at the University Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, where she lived for 12 years. In her films, she explores the connections between language and film language, as well as the boundary between fiction and documentary. Her work has been shown at festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, Viennale, Mar del Plata International Film Festival and institutions such as the Lincoln Center, New York and MoMA. Her fiction debut El futuro perfecto won multiple awards, amongst them a Golden Leopard for the best first feature in Locarno, and was invited to more than 70 international film festivals.


Ruda Cine
Yi Tiao Long Hu Bao
Blinker Filmproduktion


Chen Xiao Xin
Wang Shin-Hong
Liao Kai Ro
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Lu Yang Zong


Director: Nele Wohlatz
Screenplay: Nele Wohlatz, Pío Longo
Cinematography: Roman Kasseroller
Editing: Tsai Yann-shan, Ana Godoy
Sound Design: Mercedes Tennina, Tu Duu-Chih
Sound: Javier Farina
Costumes: Rita Azevedo
Production Design: Diogo Hayashi
Producer: Emilie Lesclaux, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Justine O., Roger Huang, Violeta Bava, Rosa Martínez Rivero, Meike Martens, Nele Wohlatz
Executive Producer: Dora Amorim, Maurício Macedo

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