Two offbeat gems at Berlin and Beyond
Horrified to discover they are sharing the same dream, the two join forces to determine both the source of the nightmare and of the endless streams of sand, which eventually turn Benno's formerly pristine apartment into a treacherous dune. Krüger and Brügger each deliver gracefully understated performances, circling each other with wary exasperation even as circumstance forces them into ever closer proximity. Although a couple of plot points never really get fully developed (it appears that the sand has soporific properties, but selectively so), The Sandman's guileless commitment to its own playful illogic makes it a genuine pleasure to watch. And while it's never entirely clear whether or not they find the secret of stopping the sand, Krüger and Brügger's final musical collaboration is a show-stopper.
BERLIN AND BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL
Oct. 20-26, most shows $12
429 Castro, SF