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A project by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thursday 25 to Tuesday 30 January 2018, International Film Festival Rotterdam


Check in at the sleepcinemahotel


Apichatpong Weerasethakul's one-off project SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL in an immersive film experience that functions as a temporary hotel. An industrial construction in front of a giant circular screen offers a unique, communal experience.

From Thursday 25 until Tuesday 30 January, the Zaal Staal of Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam is converted into a hotel with single and double loft beds – hotel amenities such as showers and breakfast included – where hypnagogic images are screened around the clock.

Reservations are now open for the most exclusive sleeping experience during this festival.


SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL is located in Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam, Beursplein 33, 3rd floor.

Check in from 16:00 - check out by 12:00.

Reception is on third floor, open 24/7.

Telephone number reception: +31 6 23078020.

The hotel bar and a viewing balcony are open for visitors daily from 16:00 to 22:00 hours.


SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL is neither a film, an installation, nor an imaginary script. It is an actual, operational hotel where the guests who have booked a bed (single or double) all end up in the same screening room. This is a large hall with on the one side a constellation of open sleep modules, and on the other side an impressive circular projection screen. Guests who stay overnight and daytime visitors alike will be transported to Weerasethakul's preferred plane of existence: one where sleep and film, ghosts and imagination, the past and the present collide. Celebrated Thai filmmaker and Palme d’Or winner Weerasethakul has often said that he doesn’t mind people falling asleep during his films, but never before has he designed a work so exclusively for this purpose.

One initial source of inspiration was a film still from Eisenstein's feature debut Strike, where workmen agitate, seen as dark silhouettes inside a scaffolding, set against a glass wall. In the SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL every guest becomes part of the shadow play, and the large window facade that gives onto the street offers the same arresting images to passers-by. The iconography is strictly boats, water, clouds, sleeping people, sleeping animals, a resurfacing of archival material from a century of cinema. Although throughout his work the artist has evoked this liminal state between waking and sleeping, allowing different levels of consciousness to coalesce, this immersive, hypnagogic film experience does not include any scenes from his own films. And as the alert viewer will notice, the flow of images never halts, no scene repeats itself.

Just like one can never step into the same river twice, any instant in the SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL is as unique as it is ephemeral. And yet, every moment has a history behind it. Light travels in waves, it transports us and connects us. In an early conversation leading up to this project, Weerasethakul already brought up this question of a delayed perception and how to fathom the lifetime of light. What is this light source that illuminates our dreams?

To collect the immense amount of archive material used, Weerasethakul collaborated with EYE Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.