An exploration of how the American Dream has changed through the story of Quebec-born blue-collar worker Jean-Paul LeBlanc, who has settled in California City, now a low-income community but originally imagined as a new metropolis to rival L.A.
California Dreaming draws parallels between the boundlessly optimistic American Dream of the 1950s, when the city was founded, and the much more modest dreams of those living there today.
Official Selection: Luxembourg City Film Festival
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (WP)
Cleveland International Film Festival (AP)
Transylvania International Film Festival
Q+A with director Fabrizio Maltese
“Nothing is lost. This is the premise of California Dreaming, and its real focus is the American dream.” — Cineuropa
International Documentary Competition
Director Fabrizio Maltese
Script Fabrizio Maltese
Producer Claude Waringo
2018 | Luxembourg | 104 mins |