Dream Scenario

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Dream Scenario is an original and wickedly entertaining comedy from Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli (Sick of Myself), produced by Ari Aster (Midsommar, Hereditary) featuring an unforgettable performance from Nicolas Cage in the leading role.

Paul Matthews is a hapless family man and tenured professor, who worries about his own anonymity while teaching biology to half empty classrooms and trying desperately to get his book about ants published. This all changes one day, when he finds out he has inexplicably started to appear in several strangers’ dreams. The dreams are modest and non-intrusive, at first, and Paul sees his newfound celebrity status as a positive change that could help him finally publish.

However, as he encounters one dreamer whose visions feature a more nightmarish version of Paul, he is forced to deal with the downside of negative stardom, and the consequences of more and more people finding him scary and avoiding him at all costs. What started as the shower of attention Paul had long wished for soon turns into a condemning cancel culture of his being, leading to the dream version of Paul becoming more and more violent, while in realty struggling to survive his own ruthless celebrity.

Dream Scenario is a strange, surreal, and pitch-black comedy that is both playful in tone and vividly cinematic. Its absurd idea becomes a rich fable of modern-day celebrity, with Nicolas Cage delivering one of the peak performances of his career.


Kristoffer Borgli (b. 1985) is a Norwegian filmmaker currently based in the US. His previous feature Sick of Myself was an official selection in Un Certain Regard at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and earned him several awards, including the Norwegian Amanda for Best original screenplay. He has also directed a range of short films, notably the 2020 Sundance-selected Former Cult Member Hears Music for the First Time.


2022 Sick of Myself
2021 Eer (Short)
2020 Former Cult Member Hears Music for the First Time (Short)
2017 DRIB
2014 Internet Famous (Short)

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