by Pablo Berger
Country: Spain, France
Year: 2023
Duration: 102'

Dog lives in Manhattan and he’s tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80’s NYC. One summer night, Dog, with great sadness, is forced to abandon Robot at the beach. Will they ever meet again? A story about friendship, its importance, and its fragility. A love letter to the Big Apple.


film director

Pablo Berger

(Bilbao, Spain, 1963) directed his first short, Mama, in 1988; thanks to this film, he received a scholarship from the Basque government to study at the University of New York, where he received a master’s degree in fine arts. He taught film courses at major international universities, including Cambridge, Princeton, Yale and La Sorbonne, before debuting in feature films with Torremolinos 73, which was presented at many national and international festivals, including the Malaga Film Festival, where he received the award for best director. In 2012 with the silent and black and white film Blancanieves, presented at the Turin Film Festival, he achieved extraordinary success, as well as ten Goya awards, including best picture. In 2017 he then directed Abracadabra. Robot Dreams premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


Mama (cm, 1988), Torremolinos 73 (2003), Blancanieves (2012), Abracadabra (2017), Robot Dreams (anim., 2023).


film director

“The graphic style of both the graphic novel and the film Robot Dreams derives from the ‘ligne claire’ style, with origins in the French-Belgian school and Hergé, the author of Tintin as its greatest exponent. It is characterized by a narrative way of representing reality using continuous clean lines, flat colors and limited shadows. A visual punch. A way of drawing that made a comeback with great popularity in the 80s with the comics by Serge Clerc, Yves Chaland or Floc’h. In Spain, its ambassador was the publication ‘Cairo’ and its greatest representative Daniel Torres. A style, the ligne claire, which today is again very present in the comic world thanks to Adrian Tomine or Chris Ware. A big part of my love for cinema comes from comics. Robot Dreams, the film, was thought as a comic turned into animated drawings. To achieve this, we have used the characteristics typical of both media and the ‘Deep Focus’ technique, meaning all elements in every shot.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Pablo Berger. STORY: based on the graphic novel by Sara Veno. ANIMATION DIRECTOR: Benoit Féroumont. EDITING: Fernando Franco. MUSIC: Alfonso de Vilallonga. SOUND: Fabiola Ordoyo. PRODUCERS: Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé, Sandra Tapia, Jérôme Vidal, Sylvie Pialat. PRODUCTION: Arcadia Motion Pictures, Lokiz Films, Noodles Production, Les Films du Worso.

CONTACT: I Wonder Pictures distribution@iwonderpictures.it