Fans of cinema often anticipate certain collaborations with great anticipation. One such collaboration that has garnered much media coverage recently is between Nicolas Cage and A24 film production company, set for release November 10, 2023 just ahead of awards season – their highly anticipated film, “Dream Scenario”. While its success remains to be seen, early signs indicate positive response as shown at Toronto International Film Festival’s exclusive screening for this project.
The Enigmatic Plot
“Dream Scenario” promises to take audiences on a surreal journey into the world of Professor Paul Matthews, played by none other than the enigmatic Nicolas Cage. Paul is a socially alienated and solitary individual, leading a rather unremarkable life. However, his existence takes a bizarre turn when he inexplicably starts appearing in the dreams of several unrelated individuals.
This mysterious occurrence leaves the college professor utterly baffled, and he embarks on a quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding his newfound connection to the subconscious minds of others. While the premise may initially invoke thoughts of science fiction or fantasy mystery, the film is categorized as a horror comedy. This intriguing twist suggests that Paul’s pursuit of answers might lead him to hilariously unsettling territory, prompting him to question whether some mysteries are best left unsolved.
A Star-Studded Cast
Nicolas Cage takes center stage in “Dream Scenario,” portraying the enigmatic Professor Paul Matthews. Cage, known for his unwavering commitment to his roles and outstanding performances, is sure to deliver a memorable performance that fans have come to expect from him.
But Cage is not the only notable celebrity gracing the film’s cast. Michael Cera, acclaimed for his recent outstanding performance in “Barbie” as Allan, joins the ensemble. Emmy-winning actress Julianne Nicholson, renowned for her portrayal in “Mare of Easttown,” adds her talent to the mix. Audiences can also look forward to seeing Dylan Baker from “Hunters” and Tim Meadows from “The Goldbergs.” The cast further includes Dylan Gelula from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Kate Berlant from “Sorry to Bother You,” Lily Gao from “Slip,” Noah Lamanna from “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” Krista Bridges from “Narc,” Paula Boudreau from “Doc,” Marnie McPhail from “The Edison Twins,” Kaleb Horn from “The Kid Detective,” and Sofia Banzhaf, noted for her role in “Closet Monster.”
With such a talented and diverse cast, “Dream Scenario” promises a captivating ensemble performance that will keep audiences engaged from start to finish.
The Visionary Director
“Dream Scenario” is helmed by up-and-coming filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli, whose critically acclaimed dramatic horror film “Sick of Myself” garnered significant attention among indie film enthusiasts the previous year. Although Borgli may not yet be a household name globally, his creative talent and unique storytelling abilities are poised to make a lasting impression.
Ari Aster has become one of the most recognized names in cinema thanks to his directorial successes like “Hereditary”, “Midsommar” and “Beau is Afraid”, all released with A24 and recognized as some of the finest horror films ever made.
Behind the Scenes
Dream Scenario” boasts an accomplished crew that perfectly complements its talented cast and director, Benjamin Loeb of “Pieces of a Woman.” Production designer Zosia Mackenzie, art directors John O’Regan and Brittany Morrison and costume designer Natalie Bronfman who made her name on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” all ensure that “Dream Scenario” will not only be an aesthetic experience but a visual spectacle all its own.
“Dream Scenario” is shaping up to be an exciting and intriguing addition to the world of cinema. With Nicolas Cage’s remarkable talent, a stellar ensemble cast, the visionary direction of Kristoffer Borgli, and the involvement of industry heavyweight Ari Aster, this film has all the ingredients for a memorable cinematic experience. As we count down the days to its release on November 10, 2023, it’s safe to say that “Dream Scenario” has already stirred the imaginations and expectations of film enthusiasts worldwide.