DREAM BOAT

Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

„It’s raining men! Hallelujah, it’s raining men!“ The Weather Girls

World premiere at Berlinale 2017 in the Panorama section
German Cinema Release: July 13
French Cinema Release: June 28
Cinema Release in USA: November 3

PRESS QUOTES:

New York Times
„Mr. Milewski does not directly address race and ethnic background, but clearly has some serious issues in mind. He asks different passengers their thoughts on love, H.I.V. status and the looks-obsessed mainstream gay culture.“

Hollywood Reporter
„That the film concentrates on this multi-ethnic group and their emotional and physical issues makes it clear that the filmmaker is not interested in simply exploiting the setting for its cliched camp value. But that doesn’t mean that Dream Boat isn’t above celebrating the setting’s hedonistic aspects.“

Village Voice
„Dream Boat goes beyond the assless trunks. For all the outrageous cosplay on display, the film is more interested in exploring the interior lives of gay men.“

Huffington Post, 12.02.2017
„The true genius of Milewski’s film lies in the way he singlehandedly destroys the differences that we think divide the heterosexual experience from those of the members of the LGBT community.“ In Dream Boat he shows us once and for all that each of us needs, craves and wants the same thing: Someone to love us, for exactly who we are.“

Variety, July 5th 2017
„The film centers on a cruise ship full of gay men, and follows five men from five countries on a quest for connection and freedom. The five men on the ship are natives of Austria, France, India, Palestine, and Poland. International waters provide the opportunity for them to share their hopes and dreams while celebrating their lives without judgement.“

Movie Pilot, 11.02.2017
„In his new feature length documentary, Dream Boat, director Tristan Ferland Milewski breaks down this stereotype through a frank yet surprisingly moving exploration of cruise life, telling unique stories that fly in the face of what one may expect. Of course, sex and alcohol play a role, but that’s not the only reason why hordes of men fork out hard-earned money to take gay cruises. Ultimately, love is love. Anyone who wishes to be reminded of this beautiful fact in all its glory need look no further than Milewski’s stunning documentary. Climb aboard for a film that openly explores issues of LGBT identity and love through a wonderfully colorful and exultant microcosm of the gay community.“

Sueddeutsche Zeitung Feuilleton, 13.07.2017
„You understand, this film will take a look at the small and the big things, at the condoms and the cruise ship. It will show the personalities of individual protagonists and put into scene their collective dream as a mass. (…) Milewski gives longing and sex a whole new aesthetic. And, at the end, tells us of the potential consequences involved in the participation on such a cruise. Because, for some, it may actually change their lifes … when they realize they are not alone.“

VICE
It’s that kind of freedom—and the more troubling elements of gay culture it reveals, too—that’s highlighted by the documentary Dream Boat which saw its US theatrical release on Friday.

Berlinale 2017
„Speaking of life plans: they can be found in abundance in Tristan Milewski’s Dream Boat – even if they seem to resemble one another, here under the premise of a temporary manipulation of society on a cruise exclusively for gay men. A society completely devoid of heteros, who normally rule the world, and completely devoid of women too: by purging the majority the minority becomes one. Many of the guests come from countries where simply being the way they are exposes them to serious danger: a concentrated form of existence is the result here, which represents a challenge beyond the purely physical for the participants.“

SPIEGEL ONLINE, Berlinale-Highlights 2017
„The men in Tristan Ferland Milewski’s documentary „Dream Boat“ (Panorama) don’t want to leave anything to chance: For one week, they will be on a cruise together with only other gay men. For some people from the global community these days on board of a cruise, with a party program every evening, are an amusing distraction – for others, who come from homophobic countries like India or Palestine, they are the only time they can carelessly enjoy their sexuality. It’s the celebration of an utopia, seven days on the sea.“

Der Tagesspiegel, 07.02.2017
„Die meisten Schwulen, rund 3000, sind in Tristan Ferland Milewski Dokumentation „Dream Boat“ dabei – als Passagiere eines Kreuzfahrtschiffs. Eine Woche lang genießen sie Sonne, Partys und Meer. Für einige, etwa den in Dubai lebenden Inder Dipankar, ist es ein Ort lang ersehnter Freiheit. Doch bald merkt er, dass die schwule Party-Gemeinde ihre eigene einschränkenden Regeln und Ideale hat.“

ZDF Heute Plus, 13.02.2017
„Skurril, witzig, berührend. […] Eine Kreuzfahrt als gesellschaftliche Utopie. Ein Film, der das Herz berührt.“
„Bizarre, funny, touching. […] A cruise as a social utopia. A film that touches the heart.“

Nonfictionfilm, 15.02.2017
„The true test of quality for any documentary film is whether it avoids the obvious. Take the subject of Dream Boat, for instance: a film about a Mediterranean cruise packed with three thousand gay men. […] what surprises about Dream Boat is the emotional depths it reaches with the film’s handful of central characters. […] In his feature film debut director Ferland Milewski succeeds in providing a look behind the scenes of an ostensibly superficial world.“

Siegessäule, 21.06.17
Regisseur Tristan Ferland Milewski kleidet die Geschichten und Gesichter dieser Reise in atemberaubende Bilder und spektakuläre Kameraperspektiven, untermalt von der außerweltlichen Musik seines Lebenspartners Claude, und erzeugt damit (…) ein beinahe klaustrophobisches Gefühl.

Travels Of Adam, 12.02.2017
„A world full of homosexual men—as appealing as that initially seems—also sounds terrifyingly challenging. A few of the subjects in the film discuss the constant judgement within the gay community and the longtime popular opinion that being gay makes you part of a larger, global LGBT family. While several of the men seem to undergo stressful or depressing moments on board, the atmosphere is largely jovial, upbeat and happy. There’s always a dance party to go to. The film’s original score adds this extra emotional layer on top of the sultry scenes where no one seems to wear more than a speedo. In the end, Dream Boat shows us more than what a gay cruise might be like, but also what it feels like to be gay today—a conflicting mix of emotions and desires, where we’re all just looking to be loved.“

Teddy Awards 2017
„The other film is DREAM BOAT, a research on a gay cruise ship that holds about 3.000 guests. So to speak by manipulation of society, a minority turns majority for a certain period of time, and we as the spectators embark that temporary world. Many guests are coming from countries where they cannot even live for a few minutes openly as a gay person, but on the cruise ship all of a sudden they are majority and can try to explore what their wildest fantasies or dreams could be. DREAM BOAT is made by Tristan Ferland Milewski and is an intelligent observation of systematics concerning majority versus minority, of different cultural and political backgrounds, and of course of sun and fun and holidays.“

screenanarchy, 18.02.2017
„Dream Boat is a really uplifting and thought-provoking film that restores your faith in cinema.“

Zickma, France, 03.06.2017
„It’s a very particular and original approach that offers a vision quite far away from usual documentaries. This cruise allows us to escape, to forget the pain of this world and to really be ourselves without worries. The director succeeds to transmit and translate that feeling. On top of that we are offered outstanding images of the boat itself, a real pleasure for the eyes. (…) We would add a positive point for the music signed by My Name is Claude, that plays a crucial role and that sublimes the project. “Dream Boat” makes you think, fights against all discrimination and puts in light a minority in an incredible way.“

GayViking, France, 18.06.2017
„A documentary full of softness and charme … behind the muscles there are eccentric love stories and the simple desire to be all together with a lot of tenderness. A documentary that will put you back in a good mood.“

Pop and films 26.06.2017
„Between hell and paradise, this hypnotic and sensitive journey stays in mind because of its touching protagonists, sometimes sublimed and transformed like cinema characters, sometimes scanned with their funny sides, their bad sides, their paradoxes. The look is honest, tender, and we remember most of all, above all frustrations and ruthless mechanics the beauty of friendship, the sparkling eyes, while in the impetus of the party all is forgotten.“

Têtu, 27.06.2017
„“Dream boat“: a brilliant documentary on board of a gay cruise. If we have a thousand clichés about holidays between men in mind, the documentary filmmaker Tristan Ferland Milewski went beyond them.“

Pink TV, 27.06.2017
„But behind this shoal of sexy boys and its sleek images “Dream boat” spreads mostly a melancholy where solitude, handicap, discrimination and homophobia find their escapism in a bubble boat where all dreams are possible.“

Unification France, 27.06.2017
„An intimate and sublimely humane reflection on that community still marginalized and violated in our so called tolerant society. (…) Thanks to touching and sensitive portraits, an imagery as fanciful as exotic, and a wonderful soundtrack, Dream Boat is a documentary that takes at last a human and intelligent look on the gay community and its problems, and mostly its rights to exist fully in its differences.“

Davie Village Post, Canada, 05.07.2017
„(…) it’s refreshing that this documentary can enrich the characters lives by reflecting on how they feel and how far they have come.“

dpa, 06.07.2017
„The work offers an honest and non-voyeuristic view behind the scenes. It looks beyond the surface and depicts humans on a quest. Director Tristan Ferland Milewski presents five different protagonists from five different countries. He leaves to do their own thing and tell their stories. The documentary succeeds in offering a journey into a universe, that for every single protagonist is also a journey to himself.“

Les Inrocks, 25.07.17
„Dream Boat“, a flamboyant and sulphurous film that transcends the clichés about homosexuality.

Garcon Magazine, July/August 2017
But behind its smile, under the leather and joy are hidden contradictory feelings. Eden for some, the boat can be hell for others in this world of clubbing based on appearances. Eyes are searching, eyes are begging, tears are falling. “From the moment I started to make sport and I saw the first results, suddenly every body wanted to talk with me” literally says one of the protagonist. All the value of the film is there. Truths spoken and modesties revealed and like pearls that the director beads to make a necklace. (…) Dream Boat is to be seen and to be shown. More than a documentary, it’s a document that we will dig out in ten or a hundred years.

I-D Vice, 28.06.17
„The Love Boat: A documentary film criticizes the standardization in the gay community. In an ultra sleek style, the documentary Dream Boat tells the story of a gay cruise in which the performance of identity goes hand in hand with the desire to be loved. Far from being a simple depiction of the gay community, Dream Boat offers the metonymy of a world devoured by capitalism, pushed to the limit of its most intimate consequences.“