Mon Rêve Familier
Experimental/Narrative 15 min.
Directed by Jimmy Ferguson
A circus performer recalls a doomed passion in this stunningly captivating visual piece evoking the mystery of love and of loss.
Alone in his home, he listens to a recording of the poem he once shared with the woman he loves (‘Mon Rêve Familier’ by Paul Verlaine, 1866). And, as he mends his disheveled performance costume, her images and words haunt him. Conjuring her in memory and dream, she suddenly appears before him. He approaches her, searching, and she eludes him in a sensual dance. The film uses both dialog and voice over in French, English, and Spanish. And, with its lush colors and stunning imagery it moves effortlessly between the present, and memory, and dream. The film, like Verlaine’s poem, becomes a subtle study of man and of love.
Mon Rêve Familier was shot in New Orleans and stars Ximena Frixione and Park Slope based actor Billy Schultz. Director/cinematographer Jimmy Ferguson was born in Brooklyn and lives in Bed Stuy.
WORLD PREMIERE: Newport Beach Film Festival
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Salento International Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner
WINNER: Best Cinematography at the Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival, Lafayette Louisiana