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Dreams and Wishes
dir. Dan Lestander
Sweden, 2010, 5 minutes
No dialogue

International Polar Film Festival
Cinéma Impérial, Montréal, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 9:15 pm
Dreams and Wishes, a work which is film, sculpture and performance all at once, adds a ritual, magical or utopian tone to the examination of winter. Here is an ice landscape, a frozen lake or an ocean bay, with ten rectangular holes taken up in the ice, following a balanced yet asymmetrical composition. Out of the water and out of each hole in the ice, in intervals of harmonious irregularity, emerges a person, women as well as men, exposed to the face and shoulders, which in one exhalation turn to song, a sounding note which just as rings on the water spreads across the winter landscape; a wordless tone charged with feelings of liberation, euphoria and longing.

This choreography invites the viewer to a landscape underneath the ice, a remarkable image of bodies diving, swimming, and navigating under the ice. And this exhalation, sent out across the ice, this border between the ocean and the sky, is not much different from the Buddhist ohm or the aum from Hinduisms, the syllable which when pronounced is said to be the source of the birth or rebirth of the universe.