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State Like Sleep

US Narrative Competition

World Premiere

USA | 104 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
One year after the mysterious death of her Belgian actor husband, American photographer Katherine (Katherine Waterston) returns to Brussels, a city filled with memories of the life she’s tried to leave behind. Their marriage was rocky, but Katherine’s return to the city forces her to finally confront her grief as she packs up the flat they once shared. In doing so, though, she discovers a web of secrets that propel her to probe the circumstances of her husband’s last days. Following in his footsteps, Katherine plunges into Brussels’s underground club scene, where she encounters a mysterious woman and a secret group of friends. At the same time, she meets Edward, a fellow American, who offers the possibility of a new future as she comes to terms with her troubled past.

Writer-director Meredith Danluck’s feature debut is shot in sleek, seductive widescreen by cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt (The Bling Ring, Certain Women). Mixing elements from film noir, American-abroad dramas, and ’80s erotic thrillers, State Like Sleep is a cool, dreamlike experience.

—Jason Gutierrez


Directed by Meredith Danluck

Meredith Danluck has exhibited at festivals and museum venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, and the Venice Biennale. She has also produced multi-screen tour visuals for Jay- Z, Beyoncé, and John Legend. She developed State Like Sleep at the 2013 Sundance Writers and Directors Labs.
Meredith Danluck
Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez
Meredith Danluck
Chritopher Blauvelt
Jeff Wingo, David Mcilwain
Curtiss Clayton
Executive Producers
Leonid Lebedev, Daniel Bekerman, Ethan Lazar, Mark Roberts, Jen Dana, Ross Jacobson
Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Michiel Huisman, Mary Kay Place


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