The Sleepwalker

4 minutes

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver.

First published in 1928 by the influential Spanish writer and poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), ‘Romance Sonámbulo’ (‘Sleepwalking Ballad’) is a dreamy poem of longing written in the politically and artistically explosive climate of pre-Franco Spain. Channelling the evocative imagery of the poem and the surrealist painting style of García Lorca’s contemporary Joan Miró, the Bulgarian-born animator Theodore Ushev transforms the words of ‘Romance Sonámbulo’ into vibrant imagery in his short The Sleepwalker, with an exuberant score by the Bulgarian musician Kottarashky to match.

Director: Theodore Ushev

Music: Kottarashky

Website: Bonobostudio

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