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by Nele Wohlatz


A coastal city in Brazil. Kai arrives on holiday from Taiwan with a broken heart. A malfunctioning air conditioner leads her to end up in Fu Ang’s umbrella shop. He could become a friend, but then the rainy season fails to arrive and the shop closes. While searching for Fu Ang, Kai comes across Xiao Xin and a group of Chinese workers in a fancy high-rise building. Kai finds herself strangely mirrored in Xiao Xin’s story. This quiet comedy of misunderstandings does not follow a traditional dramaturgy. The protagonists, performed by an ensemble of first-time actors and professionals, come and go unexpectedly. From one unknown city to the next, they follow the demands of their work. But over the course of a hot, slow summer, delicate bonds grow between them like islands in a sea full of sharks.

international title: Sleep With Your Eyes Open
original title: Dormir de olhos abertos
country: Brazil, Taiwan, Argentina, Germany
sales agent: Rediance (CN)
year: 2024
genre: fiction
directed by: Nele Wohlatz
film run: 97'
release date: DE 13/06/2024
screenplay: Nele Wohlatz, Pío Longo
cast: Chen Xiao Xin, Wang Shin-Hong, Liao Kai Ro, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lu Yang Zong
cinematography by: Roman Kasseroller
film editing: Yann-Shan Tsai, Ana Godoy
art director: Diogo Hayashi
costumes designer: Rita Azevedo Gomes
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
production: Blinker Filmproduktion, Cinemascópio (BR), Yi Tiao Long Hu Bao (TW), Ruda Cine (AR)
distributor: Grandfilm

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