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Sleep Furiously offers a meditative study of the rhythms of life in a small hill-farming community in Trefeurig, mid-Wales, a place where director Gideon Koppel's parents, both refugees, found a home.

Of the film Gideon has said 'In a farming community, seasonal change and cyclical movements are very much part of life, in quite a visceral and practical way – much more so than measurements of time. So while filming, ritual, rhythm and cyclical movements were important to me and it was then a question of finding ways to translate those sensitivities to pictures and sounds.'

Koppel's film also depicts a way of life that is changing, as small-scale agriculture which characterised the area is disappearing and the last generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out. The local school is about to close, bus services have been withdrawn, congregations are dwindling. Wider patterns of change point to uncertain futures for remote communities such as Trefeurig, but at no point does the film lose sight of the quiet power of individual encounters and routines, as we follow John Jones for instance, patiently driving his mobile library through the village lanes.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Gideon Koppel
  • Producer
    Gideon Koppel & Margaret Matheson
  • Executive Producer
    Mike Figgis & Serge Lalou
  • Cinematographer
    Gideon Koppel
  • Editor
    Mario Battistel
  • Music
    Aphex Twin