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The Wood Dreams Are Made of

Le Bois dont les rêves sont faits

Claire Simon

France / Switzerland

A film chosen by Claire Simon

Like an accessible form of Paradise Lost, weekend trips to the woods offer a concentrated dose of well-being and a refuge in nature. A place where all life’s possibilities enjoy the right to exist, a place for all, rich and poor, French and foreign, gay and straight, old and young, old-fashioned or trendy, a mirage dreamed up by the exhausted urban dweller. The woods as an island in the urban fabric, a place where the hardships of living in the city fall silent. A place to recover, to play and have fun, to dream. Over the course of the seasons, sharing with others as many utopias as can be dreamed up by as many individuals.

Claire Simon
Gabriel Hafner
Paolo Fresu
Luc Forville
Just Sayin' Films, Pio & Co, Tipi'mages Productions

Born in London in 1955, Claire Simon has made several short films, including La Police (1988) and Scènes de ménage (1991). She has also directed documentaries such as Les Patients (1989) and Mimi, screened at Berlin in 2003. In 1997 she made her first fiction feature, A Foreign Body which was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes, as were her subsequent films Ça brûle (2006) and God’s Offices (2008). In 2013, Human Geography and Gare du Nord were both selected for Locarno.


Distributor: Sophie Dulac
Theatrical release (in France): April 6, 2016


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