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Directed by Mark Andres

Portland 2014 94 mins.

Self-described as a “kinographic novel,” The Somnambulists combines stylized drawings, inter-titles and music to fashion an intriguing combination of graphic novel and early silent cinema. In the year 2047, a new drug called Somnambula, which does away with the need for sleep, arrives to a city below the Moon’s surface. As the residents wander about in a sleepless daze, Bruno, a former circus performer, searches for his missing partner, a boy who has mysteriously disappeared. Bruno’s search leads him to the inventor of Somnambula, who seems to have the power to control others with his mind. Winner of the Best Animated film at the 2015 Independent Filmmakers’ Showcase in Los Angeles, Andres’s film is a hypnotic fantasy and a meditation on the nature of love.



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