SynopsisA poetic time travel fantasy through the imagined history of the United States as a modern fairyland, along the traces of our desire for illusion and escapism – fatally bound between fact and ﬁction, anticipating the current reality shifts in the US.
PLAYLAND USA questions the possibilities and limits of the representation of history and is a self-reﬂection regarding ﬁlm as a medium. The ﬁlm asks essential questions: What is seeing? How do we see the world? And: What is invisible, for us, for others?
The ﬁlm draws a line in cinematic images from Noah’s Ark to the colonization of Mars, including dinosaurs, Indians, and superheroes, of course. It becomes increasingly clear that Benjamin Schindler has made many „American Dreams“ into an „American Nightmare“, inscribing quotes of pop culture and Hollywood into a biblical history. When the ﬁlm recounts the shooting at the Batman premiere in Aurora, reality and ﬁction have ﬁnally merged.