Sleep Furiously is set in a small hill-farming community in Trefeurig, mid-Wales, a place where director Gideon Koppel's parents, both refugees, found a home. It's a landscape that's changing rapidly as small-scale agriculture, which characterised the area, is disappearing and the last generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out.
Taking its title from Noam Chomsky's famous example of a meaningless sentence, "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously" Koppel manages to bring meaning and poetry to the line. With a score composed by Aphex Twin this is an artistic exploration of the dwindling flame of rural life, a profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings.
Q&A with Director Gideon Koppel, hosted by Elhum Shakerifar. Part of our Best of DocHouse Season in partnership with Open City Docs.
"Sleep Furiously may be the most beautifully elemental documentary film to have emerged in Britain in over a decade... . In one stroke, Koppel reveals himself to be among the best listeners and watchers in the country, which is good news for everybody." Andrew O'Hagan, Evening Standard
"Stunning beauty and bitter realities mix in a rich new documentary." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Winner: First Feature Award - The Guardian, 2009
Nominated: Best International Film - Locarno Film Festival, 2008
Nominated: Best Documentary - Evening Standard British Film Awards, 2010