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Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

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Rated R for some bloody violence, disturbing images, a graphic sexual illustration, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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22 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Além do Arco-Íris Negro  »

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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

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$4,957 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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$56,129 (USA) (27 July 2012)
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At the end of the promotional video for "Arboria" at the very beginning of the movie, the roman numerals for the copyright date translate to 1966. See more »

Goofs

In the Arboria Institute's promo film, dated MCMLXVII (1967), the Arboria logo is set in the Avant Garde font. This font was based on the logo of Avant Garde magazine, created in 1968, and wasn't available as a full typeface until 1970. See more »

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Mercurio Arboria: Bring home the mother lode, Barry.
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Final end credit: "'No matter where you go, there you are.' - B. Banzai" See more »

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Featured in Renegade Cut: Beyond the Black Rainbow (2016) See more »

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performed by SSQ
written by Jon St. James & John Van Tongeren
published by Jon St. James/FT Music/John Van Tongeren
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A heart attack set to film
22 August 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Black Rainbow is a sensory experience more than anything. Visually, it's full of strong colours and strange images, while aurally it comes at you with overpowering droning and noise. It's hard to find an easy comparison to the kind of stuff this film throws at you, and that can only be a good thing. Director Panos Cosmatos (what a name!) and his team have to be complimented for their imaginations.

The film itself is a tribute to sci-fi B-movies, but more than that it feels like a defense of experimental film itself: the strange is cooped up, institutionalized and dissected while the world of banal blockbusters rages outside. Of course, even without that reading this is a great example of experimental film that attacks on a level even the most conventional viewer has to feel.

This probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a strong contender for film of the year. At the very least it's a reminder that there are still new avenues to explore in film, ones that don't follow the comforting traditions of either Hollywood or the art-house.


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