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thumbnail Bacurau (2019 Brazil)

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Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira
Sc-fi thriller
132 mins

Set a few years from now Bacurau begins like one of those feel-good movies white people enjoy watching about poor-but-noble brown people surviving against the odds. We couldn’t imagine ourselves managing in such circumstances, but god bless them for their courage. Deep in the north-eastern Sertão – the Brazilian outback – it mashes up many themes and influences, but is chiefly a scream of satirical defiance against new president Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right globaliser famously promising to make the country more open to foreign trade. This movie’s closing credits pointedly note that the production created 800 jobs.

thumbnail High Life (2018 France)

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Director: Claire Denis
Starring:  Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin
Genre:  Sci-fi, adventure
Duration: 110 mins Rated R

Claire Denis reorients the sci-fi genre around bodies, babies and black holes in her masterfully mystifying event-horizon nightmare. Her English-language début doesn’t give a damn about physics and not just in the way that bodies tumble wrongly out of airlocks and nobody seems to spend a moment of their day engaged in cosmic problem-solving. In the science fiction of Denis’ forbiddingly austere and audacious imagining, the science is biology: Out here, we are not made of stars but of blood, hair, spit and semen.

A group of death-row inmates, imprisoned for crimes only ever vaguely outlined, have been offered commutation and a chance at redemption if they will man this mission to investigate the “Penrose Process” – a real-world theory propounded by physicist Roger Penrose whereby energy might be extracted from a region close to a black hole

thumbnail The Rover – Australia (2014)

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David Michod’s highly anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. A gang of thieves steals his car but leave behind a wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric goes to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the script, based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton.

thumbnail Under The Skin – Britain (2013)

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Plot? Here’s what you need to know: An unnamed woman (Scarlett Johansson) with alluring menace, cruises the streets of Scotland in a cargo van looking for men. She’s not the usual femme fatale. She’s an alien, and what she does to these guys, well, that’s for you to find out.

Directed by Jonathan Glazer. He obsessed over how the world might really look to alien eyes. “I liked having it in my head. Finding the logic, the images. It’s like learning an alphabet, then a language, then writing in it, then trying to write poetry in it.”. For life to feel real, he decided, they needed real life. Extras shouldn’t just be non-professional actors, but people who didn’t even know they were being filmed, caught on hidden cameras when Johansson pulled up at the roadsides of Glasgow.

thumbnail Cloud Atlas (2012, USA)

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Director:Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon

Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Duration:172 mins
Written, produced and directed by the Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer and adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the film consists of six interrelated and interwoven stories spanning different time periods between 1849 and 2346. According to Mitchell, the film is structured “as a sort of pointillist mosaic”. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the stories as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories reveal how people can become more good or more evil throughout their lifetimes. The cast includes Ben Whishaw, David Gyasi, Doona Bae, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, James D’Arcy, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks, and Zhou Xu.

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thumbnail Daft Punk’s Electroma (2006, France, USA)

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Director: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo
Starring: Peter Hurteau, Michael Reich, Helena Stoddard, Vance Hartwell, Lilo Tauvao
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 74 mins
Summary: Daft Punk Electroma is an odyssey of two robots who journey across a mythic American landscape of haunting, surreal beauty on a quest to become human. Their symbolic quest takes them from endless two lane highways to small idyllic towns to the arid desert and a town in Inyo County, California, visiting an avant-garde facility in their quest. A silent feature-length film that made its international debut at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Electroma is a magical, musically inspired (with music from Brian Eno, Curtis Mayfield, Linda Perhacs) sci-fi odyssey with breathtaking cinematography, innovative filming techniques, and above all its underlying search for humanity within a dystopian environment.

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