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Cargo (2009) | Review - SXSW Film 2010

Directors: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter Writers: Arnold Bucher, Ivan Engler, Patrik Steinmann Starring: Anna Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller, Yangzorn Brauen, Michael Finger, Pierre Semmler, Claude Oliver Rudolph, Giles Tschudi Cargo takes place in in the year 2267 where Earth has become uninhabitable by man because of environmental deterioration. The human race now populates overcrowded space stations orbiting the Earth as they dream of being able to afford the trip to live on the distant Earth-like planet, Rhea. A terrorist group know as the "Machine Strikers" is threatening the corporate run operations because they question the intentions and truths of what they are being told. Needing the money in order to fulfill her trip to Rhea, we meet Dr. Laura Portmann (Anna-Katharina Schwabroh), who has signed up with Kuiper Enterprises to take a job on-board the cargo ship Kassandra. Kassandra is on an eight-year journey to reach space station #42 in RH278's planetary orbit,
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Cargo (2009) Movie Review

What Is It: “Cargo”, a moody, ambitious sci-fi thriller from Switzerland, directed by Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter, and co-written by Engler, Arnold Bucher, Johnny Hartmann, and Thilo Roscheisen. Made for an estimated $4.5 Swiss Francs (about $4.2 million dollars), the film recently made its North American debut at the SXSW Festival. “Cargo” is set in the far future, where mankind has, once again, made a mess of things and are now forced to reside in orbiting space station/city monstrosities. The only escape from this dreary existence is the paradise planet of Rhea, which is open to everyone – as long as you have the bucks. Who Are They?: Anna-Katharina Schwabroh, a German TV actress making her feature film debut, stars as Laura Portmann, a doctor who has contracted for a lengthy stint on a cargo ship in order to make the money to travel to Rhea, where she longs to
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