“Land Of Dreams” Photocall – The 78th Venice International Film Festival
For some 30 years now, artist Shirin Neshat has been using her work to address the big subjects: religion, human rights, questions of gender, identity and the intersection of public life and private life. The American future presented in Land of Dreams is not, unfortunately, all that far-fetched. In this beguiling political satire, directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari, computer screens and cellphones are sleek, xenophobic attitudes persist in the name of a misguided nationalism, and the state still investigates its citizens for vague national security purposes. If it weren’t for the fact that the U.S. Census Bureau collects dreams — yes, dreams — it would be easy to mistake the film’s representation for reality.