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Sleep (2013 film)

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Film poster
Directed byLilja Juha
Written byLilja Juha
Produced byLilja Juha
Edited byLilja Juha
Running time
8 hours[1]

Sleep is a 2013 film directed by Juha Lilja consisting of approximately 1 hour long takes about Lilja himself sleeping naked. Multiple camera angles are used, and the film also contains dream sequences, which are shot on a drone and a motorcycle. The film premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015[2][3] as a part of its Signals 24/7 theme, which was focusing on how the attention economy and technological improvements have changed society.[4] Other films from the director have been screened in festivals in Asia and USA.[5]

The film was released 50 years after the release of Sleep (1963) from American artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol. The 2013 remake explores how modern technology has made it easier for anyone to produce such monumental length films.[1] Warhol had originally planned Sleep to be an 8-hour film. According to his memoirs, he had said to Gerard Malanga: "Wouldn't it be fabulous to film Brigitte Bardot sleeping for eight hours."[6] Because of technical difficulties it was not possible at the time. Lilja's version was made to reach the 8 hour goal.[7]

The film has been subject to academic analysis in Christopher Costabile's master's thesis, "The Value of Sleep: Aura and Aesthetics of Cohabitation in Juha Lilja's Revision of Warhol," conducted at the University of South Florida. Costabile explores Lilja's work as a prime example of "aesthetics of cohabitation," challenging societal norms related to space and time commodification.[8] In his analysis, Costabile delves into Lilja's use of digital technology, drawing on Walter Benjamin's aura concept as interpreted by Boris Groys.[9][10]

In 2023, 10 years after its release, the movie got unexpected traction after being associated with the sleepstreaming phenomenon. In a couple of days it gained more than 100,000 new views on YouTube.[11] On March 8, 2023 Juha Lilja reported in his YouTube channel that YouTube had removed the video because of violation of sex and nudity policy.[12] This policy states that nudity may be allowed when the purpose is educational, documentary, scientific or artistic, and not gratuitous.[13] In his video about the event, Juha Lilja stated that he was sad because the decision means that YouTube thinks Sleep is not art.[14]

In January 2024 it was announced, that there will be sequel to the film, called by the same name: Sleep, but consisting of footage about Lilja using a mobile phone for 5 hours and 21 minutes.[15][16]

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  1. ^ a b "Sleep (Juha Lilja)". International Film Festival Rotterdam. January 20, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Suomalaismiehen alastonvideo valittiin elokuvafestareille". Iltalehti. January 15, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Juha Liljan alaston video pääsi Rotterdamin elokuvafestivaaleille". Kouvolansanomat. January 14, 2015. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Signals: 24/7". International Film Festival Rotterdam. January 2, 2015. Archived from the original on February 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Markkula, Jyri (August 18, 2017). "Juha Lilja on tietotekniikan asiantuntija ja elokuvien tekijä". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Davis, Deborah (2015). The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure.
  7. ^ Sleep (DVD). Juha Lilja. 2015 [2013].{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Costabile, Christopher (2021). The Value of Sleep: Aura and Aesthetics of Cohabitation in Juha Lilja's Revision of Warhol (Thesis). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.
  9. ^ Manuel, Jessica S. (2019-05-13). "How Time and Space Converge to Evoke Walter Benjamin's Aura". Book Oblivion. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  10. ^ Groys, Boris (2008). Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity. Duke University Press. pp. 71–80. "The Topology of Contemporary Art"
  11. ^ Hall, Jake (August 27, 2023). "Horny! Guys! Sleeping?". Slate. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  12. ^ Lilja, Juha (March 8, 2023). "Now it happened. YouTube removed my movie Sleep, after it had gained more than 100000 views.". YouTube. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  13. ^ "Nudity & sexual content policy". YouTube. Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  14. ^ Lilja, Juha (director) (March 8, 2023). No more sleep! (Motion picture). Finland: Lilja, Juha.
  15. ^ "Sleep (2024)". IMDb. Retrieved 2024-01-03.
  16. ^ "Juha Lilja Unveils "Sleep" Sequel: A Captivating Dive into Digital Wakefulness". PRLog. Retrieved 2024-01-03.