The day has conquered the night / Le jour a vaincu la nuit

Running time: 28'

Everyone dreams. But do people in prison dream differently? The filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Périot asked eight inmates of a prison in Orléans – women and men – to record their dreams in writing. The texts were revised linguistically or, with the help of the musician Gérald Kurdian, rewritten as song lyrics. The protagonists seen reciting or singing their dreams are caught in static frame shots. Looking straight into the camera they capture our attention, especially during the silence at the beginning or end of their takes. The visual axes and the verbalisation of the dreams create a fictional outside world – an escape from prison routine.


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