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Aniara Rated 18


Dir. Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja. Sweden, 2018. 1h 46m. Swedish/subs. Starring Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini, Jennie Silfverhjelm, Emma Broomé.

Disaster strikes a space liner carrying passengers from an environmentally ravaged Earth to their new home on Mars after debris knocks the ship off course. As the ship floats aimlessly through space with no sign of rescue, one woman holds on to hope as society crumbles around her. Based on a poem by Nobel laureate Harry Martinson, this Swedish sci-fi balances a spectacular sense of intergalactic dread with profound compassion.

‘Swedish existential dread in outer space, with a suicidal AI, ritualistic orgies and a giant galactic shopping mall: this striking first feature from Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja is a work of daunting ambition.’ Wendy Ide, Screen International

‘It's a grim vision, sure. But it's a compelling one too, using the flash of a space opera to remind viewers that - whether on the ground or in the stars - we're stuck with each other.’ Noel Murray, LA Times