Paprika: Dreams, Movies Science, and Science Fiction
Preview screening and discussion, May 17, 2007
Riklis Theater, Museum of the Moving Image
Satoshi Kon’s inventive animated feature Paprika is an adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s science-fiction novel about a sleep researcher whose alter-ego investigates criminal cases by entering her subject’s dreams. A preview screening of the film provided the starting point for a wide-ranging discussion about the science of dreams and the art of film. Dr. Robert Stickgold is a renowned Harvard scientist known for his work on sleep and dreaming. Gilberto Perez is a Sarah Lawrence film scholar, author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium. The discussion was moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. Film clips are courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.