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Aniara (2018)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 17 May 2019 (USA)
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A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

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Pella Kagerman (as Pella Kågerman), Hugo Lilja

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Pella Kagerman (as Pella Kågerman), Hugo Lilja | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emelie Jonsson ... Mimaroben
Bianca Cruzeiro Bianca Cruzeiro ... Isagel
Arvin Kananian ... Chefone
Anneli Martini Anneli Martini ... The Astronomer
Jennie Silfverhjelm Jennie Silfverhjelm ... Libidel
Emma Broomé Emma Broomé ... Chebeba
Jamil Drissi ... The Intendent
Leon Jiber Leon Jiber ... Daisi Doody
Peter Carlberg Peter Carlberg ... Chief Engineer
Juan Rodríguez Juan Rodríguez ... The Man from Gond
David Nzinga ... Mima Host
Dakota Trancher Williams ... Tivo
Otis Castillo Ålhed Otis Castillo Ålhed ... Isagel's younger child
Dante Westergårdh Dante Westergårdh ... Isagel's younger child
Elin Lilleman Eriksson Elin Lilleman Eriksson ... Yaal
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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 ...

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A simple trip to Mars will become the journey of a lifetime

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing images, and drug use | See all certifications »
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Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,297, 19 May 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,719, 23 May 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Based on a 1956 poem by Swedish writer Harry Martinson. See more »

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Among the best of TIFF 2018
18 March 2019 | by bunculavSee all my reviews

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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