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Dunyaland

Film stills of Dunyaland seen next to each other: The colorful amusement park is contrasted with the metaphorically gray world of inner emptiness. @ Les Gastons Film, 2021
Still frames © Les Gastons
Film Festival Laurels
"Five peculiar visitors of Dunyaland express their inner void. Meanwhile, a contemporary Alice stands at the rim of the rabbit hole, wondering what she may find if she jumps in. DUNYALAND is an experimental exploration of boredom and an invitation to look within."
Experimental
10 min
Unpublished
Written and directed by Julie Gaston
In co-production with spectrumfilm.tv
"Five peculiar visitors of Dunyaland express their inner void. Meanwhile, a contemporary Alice stands at the rim of the rabbit hole, wondering what she may find if she jumps in. DUNYALAND is an experimental exploration of boredom and an invitation to look within."

A Cloud On Fire

A film still of A Cloud On Fire: My fear feels like a large block of concrete hanging over my chest on a rope that is slowly disintegrating. @ Les Gastons Film, 2018
Still frame © Les Gastons
Film Festival Laurels
"Anxiety is keenly felt within today’s hyperreal world. Increasingly, humans are disconnected. A Cloud On Fire is an experimental reflection on the subjective sensation of anxiety, its different dimensions, and absurd proportions."
Documentary
15 min
2018
Written and directed by Julie Gaston
In coproduction with spektrumfilm.tv
"Anxiety is keenly felt within today’s hyperreal world. Increasingly, humans are disconnected. A Cloud On Fire is an experimental reflection on the subjective sensation of anxiety, its different dimensions, and absurd proportions."

294 Notes

Still frame from 294 Notes © Les Gastons
Still frame © Les Gastons
Film Festival Laurels
"294 Notes - created through an anonymous online survey in which the participants revealed their personal fears."
Documentary
5 min
2021
Director's Cut of 'A Cloud On Fire'
Created by Julie Gaston and 294 anonymous people
in co-production with Spektrumfilm Hessen UG
"294 Notes - created through an anonymous online survey in which the participants revealed their personal fears."

Hiberna (WT)

Concept art © Hunter Bryant
Concept art © Hunter Bryant
Film Festival Laurels
“For twelve years his environment assumed that he was dead inside and he had to accept to be treated like an animal. For twelve years he remained a prisoner of his body — until someone recognized him as a human again. A story told from the inner perspective of a dancer with locked in syndrome.”
Drama
90 min
Script in Development
Created by Niklas Braun & Julie Gaston
“For twelve years his environment assumed that he was dead inside and he had to accept to be treated like an animal. For twelve years he remained a prisoner of his body — until someone recognized him as a human again. A story told from the inner perspective of a dancer with locked in syndrome.”

Lost In Dunya (WT)

Concept art © stuz0r
Concept art © stuz0r
Film Festival Laurels
“One day Sheno discovers a truth: Dunya. The world she lives in is not real. It's a dream and someone holding her here. LOST IN DUNYA shows her desperate attempt to escape from this world. Wake up, Sheno!”
Dark Mystery
7x25 min
Script in Development
Written by Julie Gaston
“One day Sheno discovers a truth: Dunya. The world she lives in is not real. It's a dream and someone holding her here. LOST IN DUNYA shows her desperate attempt to escape from this world. Wake up, Sheno!”

Child Of Eden

A film still of Child Of Eden: Leo is sitting in the kitchen at night while his tired mother is urging him to go to sleep. @ Les Gastons Film, 2021
Still frame © Les Gastons
Film Festival Laurels
"A study of the 11 years old Leo in his last days before he decides to commit suicide. In this time, he withdraws further and further into a fantasy world of his own and gets into conflict with the dystopian reality of his life."
Drama
10 min
In Post Production
written and directed by Julie Gaston
"A study of the 11 years old Leo in his last days before he decides to commit suicide. In this time, he withdraws further and further into a fantasy world of his own and gets into conflict with the dystopian reality of his life."

Hänsel

A film still of HAENSEL © Les Gastons
Still frame © Les Gastons
Film Festival Laurels
"Marvin dreams himself into a fairy tale world in which he is the strong Hansel who defeats the witch and, in this way, his traumatic experiences at home. 'Hansel' is a psychoanalytical interpretation of the fairy tale 'Hansel and Gretel' by the Brothers Grimm."
Fantasy-Drama
15 min
2016
created by Julie Gaston
"Marvin dreams himself into a fairy tale world in which he is the strong Hansel who defeats the witch and, in this way, his traumatic experiences at home. 'Hansel' is a psychoanalytical interpretation of the fairy tale 'Hansel and Gretel' by the Brothers Grimm."

¿DONDE ESTA MARIA?

The desperate Maria is sitting in the middle of a spanish desert. @ Les Gastons Film, 2021
Photo © Julie Gaston
Film Festival Laurels
“Maria travels back to her cozy little birth town in Spain. Supported by her best friend, Maria has to decide between two guys she “loves”. They’re not just both really cute but also brothers. „Donde esta Maria“ is a coming-of-age love story that explores a contemporary form of loving and being loved. The film investigates the desire to desire and the wish to be desired. It tells a story of the unconditional love of two young friends.”
Experimental Documentary
30 min
In Post Production
Created by Marie Danielle & Julie Gaston
“Maria travels back to her cozy little birth town in Spain. Supported by her best friend, Maria has to decide between two guys she “loves”. They’re not just both really cute but also brothers. „Donde esta Maria“ is a coming-of-age love story that explores a contemporary form of loving and being loved. The film investigates the desire to desire and the wish to be desired. It tells a story of the unconditional love of two young friends.”