Deep into Sleep, the film

A literary and philosophic exploration
of the various stages of sleep

Directed by Virgile Novarina
Duration : 39’
Year : 2016
Format : HDV
Image format : 16/9
Mixing : Philippe Jacquet
Poster :
a.p.r.e.s Editions
Available in DVD
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Deep into Sleep is a literary and philosophic exploration of the various states of sleep. Embark upon a dreamlike path to the heart of sleep through the reading of four texts by Michel Butor (Matière de rêve), Clément Rosset (Route de nuit), Pierre Pachet (Nuits écroitements surveillées) and Jean-Luc Nancy (Tombe de sommeil), and a series of sleepers.


Michel Butor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Francion’s Dream

Clément Rosset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hasofin

Pierre Pachet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Towards Deep Sleep

Jean-Luc Nancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Sleeping Self

Part I: Francion’s Dream

Part II: Hasofin

Part III: Towards Deep Sleep

Part IV: The Sleeping Self

DVD Deep into Sleep

Two films and two interviews,
a.p.r.e.s Editions, 2016
Duration : 85’
Langage : French with english subtitles
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Deep into Sleep (39', Virgile Novarina, 2016) "A literary and philosophic exploration of the various stages of sleep, with Michel Butor, Clément Rosset, Pierre Pachet and Jean-Luc Nancy."

Around Sleep, (12', Virgile Novarina, 2005) Around Sleep is built like a wildlife documentary focused on sleepers. It tells the story of a day, from morning to night. The only characters are sleepers and yawners who were filmed in public transports or places as well as in private surroundings. The film is divided into four parts: The Morning, The Train, The Yawn and The Evening. It contains seven quasi-subliminal images (1/12 to 1/24 of a second), which are generally perceived by the audience.

First interview : Michel Butor, the Dream int the Writing (18', Virgile Novarina, 2016). Michel Butor looks at his entire work through the prism of dreaming: the dreams of the characters in his novels, his book « Matière de rêve » and his poetry like a waking dream.

Second interview : The Strength to Sleep (14', Virgile Novarina, 2016). Pierre Pachet looks back at two of his books: « Nuits écroitements surveillées » and « La Force de dormir ». He describes how his interest in sleep led his desire to write.

Extracts of the two interviews


2018 Alençon Scène Nationale 61, exposition Recto Verso, 30 mars. Plus d'infos :
2017 Big Bear Lake, USA Festival Angealica, Adventure in Art & Ecology, Septembre 18 - 24th, Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino, California, USA. Plus d'infos :
2017 Tampa , USA Silver Screen Film Festival, du 16 au 18 juillet, TAMPA PITCHER SHOW, 14416 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618, USA. Plus d'infos :
2017 Toronto ReelHeART International Film Festival, 3 - 8 juillet, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3. Plus d'infos :
2017 Perpignan Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film (FILAF), Cinéma Le Castillet, du 19 au 25 juin 2017. Plus d'infos :
2017 Paris Université Paris Diderot, colloque Pierre Pachet, un esprit aux aguets, 20 et 21 juin, amphi Buffon. Plus d'infos :
2017 Nazareth, Israël Near Nazareth Film Festival, 15-17 mai 2017. Plus d'infos :
2017 New Delhi, Inde Whatashort Independent Independant Film Festival, 8 & 9 Juillet, Instituto Cervantes, Connaught place, New Delhi.
2017 Scarborough, USA All Seas Film Festival, Janvier 2017. Plus d'infos :
2017 Bucarest 12 Months Film Festival. 3rd Place Experimental Film. Plus d'infos :
2016 Pune, Inde Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, 25th & 26th Dec 2016, Auditorium, Kushal Swarnali, Kharabwadi, Chaakan - Talegaon Road, Chaakan, Pune - 410501. Plus d'infos :
2016 Copenhague International Monthly Film Festival, plus d'infos :
2016 Guadalajara, Mexique The first edition of the FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival) took place from November 10 to 17, 2016 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, in Cineforo Universidad. Plus d'infos :
2016 Lakkasandra, Inde The Access Code Short Film Festival is a festival with specific goal of supporting and promoting photography and fresh filmmaking talent. It is a festival where films from a wide spectrum intersect. Lakkasandra, Bangalore, Karnataka 560030. Plus d'infos :
2016 Timisoara The Festival Short to the Point (STTP) is an international network of distribution, broadcast and promotion of short films. STTP offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to see their short films projected in unconventional cinemas across Romania and Germany. Plus d'infos :
2016 Lucinges Fête du livre, en hommage à Michel Butor, Association Livres d’Artiste 74 Michel Butor, plus d'infos :
2016 Barcelone Barcelona Planet Film Festival, plus d'infos :
2016 Ludhiana, Inde Lake View International Film Festival, Punjab Bhawan. Plus d'infos :
2016 Nieuwmoer, Belgique Festzaal « De Schuur », Moving Pictures Festival Nieuwmoer (Kalmthout), vendredi 26 août à 20h, entrée libre. Plus d’infos :
2016 Paris La SCAM, 6 avenue Vélasquez, projection de « Virgile dort, 6 esquisses pour un film » (22’, Jean Seban, 2013) et de la version définitive du film Au cœur du sommeil, en présence de Michel Butor, Pierre Pachet, Clément Rosset et Jean Seban. Plus d’infos : et
2015 Avallon La Tannerie 89, samedi 2 mai 2015, projection d’une version provisoire dans le cadre de la résidence d’artiste de Virgile Novarina pour le projet de Bulle Paradoxale. Plus d’infos : et un article

By the same director

After studying Mathematics and Physics, Virgile Novarina (born in 1976) devoted himself to the artistic exploration of his own sleep through writings and drawings, and the sleep of others through photographs and videos. He has published eight books of "Ecrits et dessins de nuit" (Night’s Writings and Drawings) and has exhibited his work in France, Germany, Portugal, in Spain, in Polen and the United States. Since 2006 the very act of sleeping has become an integral part of his work, through the “En Somme” (French language pun, meaning "all in all" or "sleep in progress") series of performances, during which he sleeps publicly in shop windows, galleries or museums.

In 2002 Virgile Novarina befriended Jean-Olivier Hucleux, whom he regularly filmed from 2005 to 2009. "Jean Olivier Hucleux, du travail à l'oeuvre" (from the work to the artwork) is his first documentary. Previously he made "Autour du sommeil" (Around sleep 2004, 12 min.), a short film unfolding on the course of one day whose only characters are sleepers and yawners.