Robot Dreams

ESP 2023
Director: Pablo Berger

102 Min. | OmeU


Winner of Best Film at its World Premiere in Annecy, and already garnering Oscar-buzz, in his first animation film, award-winning Spanish filmmaker, Pablo Berger, adapts the popular graphic novel by the North American writer Sara Varon, »Robot Dreams« – which tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the '80s. A story about friendship, its importance, and its fragility. And a love letter to the Big Apple. Dog lives in Manhattan, and he’s tired of being alone. One day, he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80’s NYC. One summer night, Dog, with great sadness, is forced to abandon Robot on the beach at Coney Island. Will they ever meet again? The public beaches close at the end of each season. No entry. No access. And as summer turns to autumn, and autumn turns to winter, Robot keeps faith that spring will bring hope of a reunion. Cinema is daydreaming. And Robot’s dreams are a delirious, Freudian, amazing expression of his most intimate desire to meet his friend Dog again. It’s his “return to Ithaca”. Like the films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd – and with its clean lines and visual punch – with wisdom, humanity and humor, Pablo Berger delivers a soulful gem for all ages.