Dystopian Quadrilogy II: Tomorrowland
Saturday May 26th 2:15
8 euro/5 concession
Run Time 1 hour 15 min
Dystopia or Utopia?
Which will it be? One seems more interesting than the other...something to struggle against. Wouldnt perfection become stagnant and our human spirit would cease to grow if there was nothing to strive for?
Dir. Joséfa Celestin (UK 2016) 11 min 20s
In a time when Pluto is still the 9th planet of the solar system, and music tracks need to be rewind, Julianne, who knows that childhood doesnt last long but being an adult lasts forever, refuses to grow up too quickly and to let go of her estranged friend. When her fear of the unknown manifests itself in the shape of a mysterious cosmic object, she must overcome her old self and embrace what lies ahead.
Dir. Milda Baginskaite (UK 2018) 6 min 7s
A tale of one girl's dream to escape Planet Earth.
Crónica Marciana/ Martian Chronicle*
Dir. Silvana Lázaro (Mexico 2017) 12 min
After the colonization of Mars, an elderly man looks back on his memories of Earth and the past he has left behind.
Dir. Guðmundur Garðarsson (Iceland 2017) 13 min
When Guðjón, an Icelandic farmer, loses his beloved in the war raging throughout most of the world, he builds a small hut in her memory within the peaceful environment close to his house. It has snowed a lot today. As other days, Alfred theorist, a good friend of Guðjón's from the neighboring farm, drops by for a visit. Today, old lady Gunna's cat has disappeared and Alfred conveys a special theory that has a strange impact on Gudjon's life.
Icelandic film always has a haunting atmosphere...I would not be surprised if aliens had already visited this surreal landscape. Quality science fiction is difficult to do with a low budget and I am so pleased to see this short out on the festival circuit.
Dir. Pablo Calvillo (Mexico 2016) 9 min
In a dystopian future where fossil fuels were exhausted, ruling corporations had turned to desperate measures to generate energy. Books were banned & confiscated as fuel for the fire, and with them free thinking had been lost. Human beings had morphed into illiterate cockroaches.
In New York City an underground group of exiled scientists, writers and artists were the last bastion of those who remembered the books. The group risked their lives to seek the books, and save them from being destroyed. They are known as "The Inksect" . This is the story of how one of their own, Pikes, on a book quest is led to an even more important discovery: paper, pen & literacy.
Dir. Christopher Angus (Canada 2018) 7 min
A quirky journey through recent time to an ethos of futurity, which explores the potential ramifications of technology on human beings while leaving us with choices.
They Charge For the Sun*
Dir. Terence Nance (USA 2017) 17 min
Program: Tomorrowland/The Color of Your Skin
In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.
This multi-faceted short comments on so many relevant issues. Firstly, I can guarantee one hundred years ago if you were to tell someone that in the future you would have to PAY for clean water and that drinking water would come in bottles that further ruined the environment, they would be beyond incredulous. Now people are paying for CLEAN air?! This was but a joke not too long ago in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, but now oxygen bars are popping up and I am horrified to see pictures of large cities in Asia where masks must be worn... and I also heard a rumor that they are importing AIR from Canada? So charging for the "Sun" may not be far off...in Icíar Bollaíns film, También la Lluvia, the Bolivian government imposes taxes on the poor for RAINWATER. This is supposed to be the 21st Century? This is "progress"?
Secondly, this film has been doing well on the festival circuit (I believe I first viewed it in Rotterdam) because it is a brilliant allegory on the inequality that exists today extrapolated into a science fiction setting. (Another reason I believe the genre is so important) Often when the status quo suffers from collective fear, their fears are alleviated by "Othering" the Other. Resistance takes courage and often children are the ones that are the most bold because adults have been indoctrinated with societal fears.
Prins Hendrikkade 600
Amsterdam 1011 VX
May 22, 2018 1:44 PM