Sara Driver: NYC ACMI presents

Sleepwalk

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“In her first feature, Ms Driver blithely absorbs influences – from chiaroscuro to Surrealism to performance art – and spins them into her own vibrant, original style”

The New York Times

Nicole, an overworked computer typesetter, finds that she is still able to see the digital characters on her screen when she closes her eyes at night.  When she agrees to work extra hours at night to translate a Chinese manuscript, the mysterious text invades each corner of her life turning her evenings into surreal dreamscapes fusing crime, intrigue and magic.

Sara Driver’s 1986 feature-length debut draws on influences from the cinema of Jacques Rivette – likely the product of a childhood spent watching French New Wave films in the Carnegie cinema in Midtown. Although nearing the end of the No Wave movement's short lifespan, the film does feature performances by No Wave collaborators Suzanne Fletcher (You Are Not I) and a young Steve Buscemi who made his own debut in Eric Mitchell’s East Village-set The Way It Is and would later emerge from the scene to star in Fargo and Reservoir Dogs.