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Aniara is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth's population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as Aniara leaves the ruined Earth, she collides with an asteroid and is knocked off her course. Aniara's passengers slowly realize that they'll never be able to return; they will continue onwards through an empty and cold universe forever. The Swedish Nobel prize winner Harry Martinsson wrote Aniara in 1956. The novel has been translated into a number of different languages, including danish, finnish, english, russian, czech, arabic, japanese and most recently chinese. It has been staged as opera and several theatrical productions, but has never before been filmed. In Aniara's inexorable journey towards destruction there is a warning that cannot be emphasized enough. There's only one Earth. We have only one life. So, we have to take responsibility for our actions and constantly guard our environment and our humanity. If we don't, Earth will soon be a ...
Aniara is my favorite film of TIFF 2018. It is amazing!
It references several of the innovations and important ideas of our time: human reaction to climate change, the greed of human consumption and waste, interplanetary travel, the implications of hard AI and it's potential for emotional consciousness... All told, Aniara is packed with more ideas than ten similar films. And it quickly explored those while creating characters I grew to care about.
It's the best idea-driven sci-fi I've seen since Arrival and it left me feeling exhilarated. It's definitely worth watching on the big screen.
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