Wonder what Stanley Kubrick’s version of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence would be like? Dreamed of a world where David Cronenberg’s Return of the Jedi was the norm? Those fantasies are given form in a short film from Israeli filmmaker Shir Comay. His movie takes place in a parallel universe where O.J. Simpson starred in The Terminator, Nicolas Cage had a sex change operation, and a nerdy film geek gets the girl.
The short is titled Impossible Dreams and it’s set in Tel Aviv, Israel. Impossible Dreams follows a film geek named Daniel who is fed up with Hollywood movie conventions and clichés. He finds a video store in a parallel universe, full of movies that were never created like Harlan Ellison’s version of I, Robot. The movie’s in Hebrew with English subtitles and worth a watch…
The short story this is based on was written by Tim Pratt and first published in the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2006. It was later part of an anthology, Other Worlds Than These, edited by John Joseph Adams in 2012. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2007.
Impossible Dreams was an official submission of the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2011.