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Sleep Dealer

Alex Rivera / États-Unis / 2008 / 90 ' / Anglais


Julie Carr, Madeleine Gavin, Alex Rivera & Jeffrey M. Werner
Alex Rivera & David Riker
Lisa Rinzler
David Urresti Chiu
Ignacio de la Rosa
Izchel C. Huerta
Sean Garnhart
Anthony Bregman, Álvaro Curiel, Jessica Levin, Mark Russell & Sandra Solares
Cast: Luis Fernando Peña, Metztli Adamina, José Concepción Macías, Tenoch Huerta, Greg Lucas, Martín Palomares, Jacob Vargas, Sean Garnhart, Guillermo Ríos, Leonor Varela, Montserrat Revah
Production Manager: Juan Uruchurtu
Casting: Manuel Teil
Costume Design: Adela Cortázar

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2008
Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film Festival 2008
Winner: Narcisse Award, Best Feature Film, Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival 2008
Winner: Amnesty International Film Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2008
Nominated: Gold Hugo New Directors Competition, Chicago International Film Festival 2008
Nominated: Breakthrough Director Award, Gotham Awards 2008
Nominated: Imagen Award, Best Director/Feature Film, Imagen Foundation Awards 2009
Nominated: Independent Spirit Award, Best First Feature, Independent Spirit Awards 2009
Nominated: Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2008

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In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect and unseal their fates.


The near future. Like tomorrow. The world is divided by closed borders, but connected by a digital network that ties together people around the world. Memo Cruz lives in the small, dusty Mexican village of Santa Ana del Rio. Santa Ana is the kind of place that seems frozen in time -- except for the hi-tech, militarized dam that was built by a corporation, and now controls Santa Ana's water supply.

Memo dreams of leaving his small pueblo and finding work in the hi-tech factories in the big cities in the north.

To escape, at night, in his room alone, Memo uses a homemade radio intercept to eavesdrop on conversations of people who, unlike him, have been able to leave -- and who've made it to the big cities, where almost anything is possible. One night, while using his homemade radio, Memo stumbples accross something he's never heard of before -- the communications of the security forces that patrol the area around his village, hunting 'Aqua-Terrorists'.

Memo is then forced to realize his dream of leaving Santa Ana in the worst possible way when his homemade radio -- and his house -- are destroyed in a reckless remote-control drone attack.

Driven by feelings of guilt, and a need to earn money, Memo goes north to find work, and help his family start again. He heads to the massive border city of Tijuana.

On the way, Memo meets a young woman, sharp and beautiful, named Luz. Luz is an aspiring journalist who dreams of writing a story that might one day change the world. She asks Memo a few questions.

As Memo arrives to Tijuana, “City of the Future,” we follow Luz. Alone in her  apartment, Luz connects herself to the net, via implanted nodes in her body, and speaks. As she describes her day, the computer records visuals from her memories and the sound of her voice. She puts these recorded memories up for sale on the net -- a blog, straight from the brain.

The next day, to Luz’s surprise, someone, somewhere out there has bought her memory – and has paid in advance for more.

A strange and complex relationship is set in motion between Memo and Luz. She wants to learn more about him, to sell more memories to her anonymous client. But he is cautious about revealing the real reasons he’s come to Tijuana. All Memo cares about is getting work that pays – and to do it he needs to connect to the network too – he needs nodes.

Luz knows a thing or two about technology. She helps Memo get his nodes so he can plug his body into the system, and get work.

Memo is finally there – in the hi-tech factories he’d only dreamed of. But it’s not what he expected. The factories are bizarre and dangerous. Workers connect their nervous systems to the net to control robots that labor on the other side of the border, in the first world – a world none of the workers will ever really see. The workers frequently toil until they collapse – earning the factories the nickname ‘sleep dealers.’

As Memo works, Luz works too – selling installments of his story to her mysterious reader.

When the identity of Luz's reader is revealed, a chain of events is set in motion that will connect three strangers, and change their lives — maybe even change the world — forever.