Amie Siegel
The Sleepers

See also

DDR/DDR

Empathy

Pasang Naik

The Sleepers
1999, 16mm film, 45 min., colour/sound

The architecture of city windows at night, lives glimpsed at a distance—a man talks on the phone as his wife reads the paper, another watches TV, a woman stares out into the dark. Are these scenes set-up? Are the people actors? Do they know they are being watched? These narrative fragments elicit tensions between public and private, performance and reality, lyrical and vernacular. The images and soundtrack (police surveillance, cell phone conversations, dramatic "film-score" music, occasional synch dialogue) further blur the boundary between fiction and documentary, reformulating expectations of duration, privacy and narrative.

Amie Siegel: The Sleepers