In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

The unquenchable urge of a great veteran artist to continue carrying on with his work under the challenging conditions of the pandemic and the quarantine, the chronicling of a career transcending even the limits of a legend, but also the conception of one (and any) work of art compose an elaborate portrait of a music legend, embodying the spirit of an entire era. The documentary In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (of the memorable Taxi to the Dark Side, recipient of the Best Documentary Feature Award) which is accompanied by valuable and rare archival material transports us to the turning point of Paul Simon’s career. From the recording of Simon & Garfunkel’s emblematic Bridge Over Troubled Water, up to the making of Graceland, marking Simon’s solo career and the iconic on-stage reunion of the duo in Central Park before an audience of 750.000 people, we closely follow those moments where timeless musical greatness was achieved. At the same time, an invisible thread links all of the above to the process of creating a new album, ultimately revealing the poignant bottom line – human adventure, while finite for each of us, will survive in the eternity of time by virtue of the magical power of art.

Screening Schedule

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Direction: Alex Gibney
Cinematography: Benjamin Bloodwell
Editing: Andy Grieve
Production: Jigsaw Productions
Producers: Alex Gibney, Erin Edeiken, Svetlana Zill, David Rahtz
Executive producer: Jeff Kramer, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Kristen Vaurio, Zhang Xin, William Horberg, Bob Xu, Joey Marra, Nick Shumaker, Jessica Grimshaw, David Levine
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B&W
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 209'
Contact: Altitude Film Sales

Alex Gibney


1999 The Sexual Century: The Sexual Revolution
2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
2007 Taxi to the Dark Side
2011 The Last Gladiators
2012 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
2013 The Armstrong Lie
2019 Citizen K
2023 In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon