Despierta (Wake Up)



Despierta (English: Wake Up) is about the dreams we think are real. Maria seems to be remembering living a different kind of life, a life totally different from the one she has with Javi. What’s real and what’s fantasy? Has she truly waken up yet?

This micro-short film is about the dreams we have of living an entirely different life from our own. It’s also rather reminiscent of an old folktale about a farmer who woke up in a prince’s bed and imagined that his farmer’s life was a dream. But really, how are we to know what is real and what is imagined? This film, in its 3 minutes, blurs the lines between real and imaginary, making you doubt what the true reality is.

I’ve had dreams myself of being someone else, but I sometimes think that the person I am now would be quite different from the one I was 5, 10, or 20 years ago. What about you? What do you think of Maria’s so-called dream?

(Despierta is available on YouTube with English subtitles. Click here for a film that deals with puppets and dreaming. Click here for a film about a man who makes an important decision after waking up from a curious dream.)

Despierta, on YouTube


Directed by Christian Avilés

Director’s website | Despierta, on IMDb


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