Patrick Bokanowski

Patrick Bokanowski – Un rêve solaire AKA A Solar Dream (2016)


The second and latest feature film by Patrick Bokanowski (2015-2016), published for the first time in a DVD-Blu-Ray combo.

Unlike “L’ange,” shot in the studio, “Un rêve solaire” is largely made up of real shots. The actors are no longer played under masks. The actors are us, spectators of unknown representations, or maybe even stellar spectators, a crowd of anonymous spectators standing out on skies of fire and water, but surely a part of a childhood dream during a journey by train.

“There are not, or very few, words in my films. The music of Michèle Bokanowski plays a decisive role because it tells in its own way and in counterpoint what images or characters do not say.” – Patrick Bokanowski

“‘Un rêve solaire’ tells, concretely, of a struggle between shadow and light. These two simultaneous movements give the film its dynamic principle and its plastic energy.” – Jacques Kermabon Read More »

Patrick Bokanowski – Patrick Bokanowski Short Films (1972-2008)

Patrick Bokanowski, the ‘artist-alchemist of celluloid’, employs an extraordinary range of technical invention – combining live-action with optical experiments, drawing, performance, painting, and animation – to conjure magical forays into a parallel universe: moving from dread and terror in the early shorts, via bursts of zany humour, to sublime serenity in the landscape films and joyous kinetic energy in his most recent work.

“The pinnacle of experimentalism in the film arts.”
– Richard Curnutte, The Film Journal

“Magisterial images seething in the amber of transcendent soundscapes. Drink in these films through eyes and ears.”
– The Brothers Quay Read More »