A Film by Gianluca Abbate


A voice says “I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought…” Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go, but they are actually sleeping and they need to dream.


  • Picture of Gianluca Abbate © Gianluca Abbate

    Gianluca Abbate

    Gianluca Abbate is an Italian video artist and film maker based in Rome, born in Salerno on 5th June 1980. His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as: Macro, Maxxi, Palais de Tokyo. And at several film and video art festivals: AnnArbor Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Videoformes, Now&After, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Visioni Italiane. He has also won several awards such as, Nasto d'Argento, best short film at Torino Film Festival and more.

Awards + Festivals

  • 36th TORINO FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Short film, Torino, Italy)November 27, 2018
  • 25th VISIONI ITALIANE (Competition Short Film, Bologna, Italy)March 1, 2019
  • 35th VIDEOFORMES (VideoArt Competition, Clermont-Ferrand, France)March 16, 2019
  • 57th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Short Film, Ann Arbor, USA)March 26, 2019
  • CAFA ART MUSEUM - CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (Exhibition, Beijing, China)March 30, 2019
  • 5th OVER THE REAL (VideoArt Competition, Lucca, Italy)April 20, 2019
  • 8thFIVAC FESTIVAL (VideoArt Competition, Camagüey, Cuba)April 22, 2019
  • 9th NOW&AFTER (VideoArt Competition, Moscow, Russia)April 30, 2019
  • 15th LAGO FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Short Film, Ravine Lago, Italy)July 29, 2019
  • CONCORTO 2019 (Competition Short Film, Piacenza, Italy)August 17, 2019
  • 2nd STRANO FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Short Film, Capestrano, Italy)August 24, 2019
  • 15th FESTIFREAK LA PLATA INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Plata, Argentina)September 5, 2019
  • CHANNELS FESTIVAL'S 2019 VIDEO VISIONS (Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia)September 5, 2019
  • INVIDEO 2019 (Exhibition, Crema, Italy)September 19, 2019
  • 4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2019
  • 7th INDIECORK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)October 6, 2019
  • 25th MEDFILM FESTIVAL (Parallel Section "Le Perle", Rome, Italy)November 8, 2019
  • 15th ADAF ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL (VideoArt Competition, Athens, Greece)November 10, 2019
  • FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE AUTOR (Official Selection, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)November 13, 2019
  • 5th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, San José, Costa Rica)November 20, 2019
  • 2nd ROME INDEPENDENT PRISMA AWARDS (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)November 21, 2019
  • 5th PORI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, City of Pori, Finland)November 27, 2019
  • 22nd FALUDI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)November 27, 2019
  • 12th FESTIVAL CINEMA ZERO (Official Selection, Trento, Italy)November 28, 2019
  • 10th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amman, Jordan)December 5, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • 2nd LE PRINCE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Caracas, Venezuela)January 28, 2020
  • 16th KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)February 25, 2020
  • 11th SKEPTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)April 1, 2020
    6th SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio Gallegos, Argentina)April 17, 2020
  • 4th NEW ZEALAND'S VISION FEAST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Auckland, New Zealand)June 18, 2020
  • ROME PRISMA AWARDS 2020 (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)June 29, 2020
  • 8th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)September 24, 2020
  • 6th INT'L NATURE FILM FESTIVAL GÖDÖLLÖ (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)September 11, 2020
  • 7th RPFF - RIGA PASAULES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Riga, Latvia)September 17, 2020


Gianluca Abbate
Gianluca Abbate
Gianluca Abbate
Director of Photography
Gianluca Abbate
Art Direction
Gianluca Abbate
Costume Design
Gianluca Abbate
Concrete Bridge, Giuseppe d'Amato, Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Gianluca Abbate
Sound Design
Concrete Bridge, Giuseppe d'Amato, Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Gianluca Abbate


Running Time
8:08 min
Shooting Format
Digital Full HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16/9, 1:1.85
Dolby 5.1, Stereo



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Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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Gianluca Abbate
+39 3471703082