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DIRECTOR:
Jeremiah Zagar

DISTRIBUTOR:
Herzliya Films

CAST:
Documentary

IN A DREAM: USA 2008, Digital, color, English, NR, 80 min

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WINNER: Woodstock Film Festival: Best Documentary
San Francisco Doc Festival: Best Feature Audience Award
Philadelphia Film Festival: Best First Film
Full Frame Film Festival: Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
SXSW Film Festival: Emerging Visions Audience Award

In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirrors—mosaics that were created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination. This documentary follows the Zagars as their marriage implodes and a harrowing new chapter in their life unfolds.

Where Isaiah is obsessive and narcissistic—a former Peace Corps volunteer who has become an icon in South Philly's art community—Julia is gracious and warm. For decades, their opposing natures complemented one another perfectly. But suddenly the family is torn apart at the seams: A few hours before picking up his oldest son from a rehabilitation center, Isaiah declares to the camera, "As people get older they have less and less passion." He then confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating, suicidal depression.

A multiple award-winner on the film festival circuit, and one of the 15 finalists for nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, IN A DREAM is a fascinating portrait of love and betrayal, family bonds, and the intimacy of dysfunction, featuring a soundtrack with music by the Books, Explosions in the Sky, Efterklang, and Kelli Scarr.