Dream Scene from “Sofia”

A stunning dream sequence from the new Russian TV show Sophia where she dialogues with her dead baby daughter. I have yet to see on film a scene that feels more like a real dream. Absolutely beautiful. I include the dialogue in the subtitles:

“Do not cry for me, mother.”

“My heart bleeds with pain and longing.”

“God will heal all your pain, mother.”

“How can he heal me, when my only joy is to be with you?”

“You can be with me.”

“In my dreams?”

“No, at the temple…”

Brief Bio of Princess Sophia:

Zoe Palaiologina (Greek: Ζωή Παλαιολογίνα), who later changed her name to Sophia Palaiologina (Russian: ca. 1440/49[1] – 7 April 1503), was a Byzantine princess, member of the Imperial Palaiologos family by marriage, Grand Princess of Moscow as the second wife of Grand Prince Ivan III. Zoe’s father was Thomas Palaiologos, Despot of Morea and younger brother of the last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos.

Adopted by the Papacy after her father’s death together with her brothers, her Greek name Zoe was changed to Sophia. Born into the Orthodox religion, it’s possible that she was raised as a Catholic in Rome. She spent the next years in the court of Pope Sixtus IV. The marriage between Sophia and Ivan III was proposed by Pope Paul II in 1469, probably with the hope of strengthening the influence of the Catholic Church in Russia, or the unification of the Orthodox and Catholic as was stipulated in the Council of Florence. Ivan III’s motives for pursuing this union were probably connected with the status and rights of the Greek princess over Constantinople.