Is cinema just us dreaming in a wakened state?
Film has long been associated with dreams, whether they're images that stem from our subconscious or a more fevered state where reality and dreams merge into one. To coincide with the release of 'On Body and Soul' - released exclusively in Cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema Friday 22nd September - in which a relationship is lived out through one couple's dreams, we have curated films that explore the edges of our waking life and, in some cases, tip into nightmares. They span the globe, from the sensuous rapture of the Thai countryside ('Cemetery of Splendour'), the hubbub of Mexico City ('Frida') and bright lights of L.A. ('The Neon Demon') to the deserted streets of Paris at night ('Holy Motors'), a Scandinavian country retreat ('Melancholia') and an Alpine village besieged by a malevolent force ('The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'). Threats come from other people ('Wake in Fright') or unknown spirits ('The Wailing') and forces ('The Falling'). Dreams take over a space explorer's life in Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Solaris', while 'mother!' director Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' finds reality distorted by all kinds of drugs and opiates. And in 'Enter the Void', French enfant terrible Gaspar Noé imagines that beyond our existence are souls dreaming of life.