Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 77 minutes
This film is the winner of the SIFF 2016 Grand Jury Prize (Official Competition) and the SIFF 2016 Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.
SIFF Says:Set in the burbs of Australia and surrounded by the sunny colors and flamboyant patterns of the ‘70s, Girl Asleep gives a glimpse into the tumultuous life of one teenager, days before her 15th birthday. Greta Driscoll’s first day at school is unimpressive, to say the least. She’s quickly befriended by the sweetest (but dorkiest) guy in her class, and immediately targeted by the popular girls with short skirts and even shorter tempers. Her picture-perfect housewife mother thinks it’s a great idea to invite everyone in Greta’s new class to her birthday celebration, and embarrassingly pastes invitations all over the school hallways. When everything that could go wrong at the party inevitably does, Greta escapes to her room and cries herself into a deep sleep; soon catapulted into a new, nightmarish dream world. Director Rosemary Myers bases her debut feature on an acclaimed stage-play written by actor Matthew Whittet, who acts as Greta’s father in the film. Beginning as a quirky teen comedy and taking sumptuous visual cues from Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry, Girl Asleep evolves into a dark, surrealist fantasy-drama that might be the only way to genuinely work through the strange inner-workings of a teenage girl.
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