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9 Movies About Sad People in Space, From ‘Gravity’ to ‘Ad Astra’ (Photos)

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9 Movies About Sad People in Space, From ‘Gravity’ to ‘Ad Astra’ (Photos)
What is it about the awe-inspiring infinity of space that makes movie characters feel so sad? Seriously, there sure are a lot of films about moping-around-the-stars. Take for instance the space exploration drama “Ad Astra,” where Brad Pitt searches the solar system for his missing father while having an existential crisis. More like “Sad Astra.” Get it? “Sad” instead of “Ad”? You get it. Anyway, enjoy this breakdown of films that use the stars as a backdrop for stories about depression and grief.

Ad Astra” (2019)

The astronaut Brad Pitt plays in James Gray’s “Ad Astra” has to get a psychological exam each morning from a robotic prompter. He’s famous for never having a heart rate that rises above 90 beats per minute. He scoffs when he sees that there’s now a Subway on the moon. Who doesn’t like low-g sandwiches? Even a trip to Neptune of all
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UK box office preview: will indie titles shine?

UK box office preview: will indie titles shine?
New releases include ‘The Souvenir’, ’Mrs Lowry & Son’, and ‘Bait’.

There is a flurry of intriguing indie title releases in the UK this weekend, while the top end of the chart looks like to be largely dominated by holdovers Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and Angel Has Fallen.

In the indie space, Curzon is handling the release of Joanna Hogg’s fourth feature, The Souvenir, which stars Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke in the story of a young film student who becomes romantically involved with a complicated man in 1980s London. Martin Scorsese was an executive producer
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Movie Review – Aniara (2018)

Aniara, 2018.

Directed by Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja.

Starring Emelie Jonsson, Arvin Kananian, Bianca Cruzeiro, Anneli Martini, Emma Broomé, Jennie Silfverhjelm and Leon Jiber.


A luxury spaceship carrying human settlers to Mars is left drifting in space when an accident causes it to jettison its fuel supply.

Earlier this year, the film critic fraternity went thoroughly ga-ga for Claire Denis’ oddball space drama High Life, in which Robert Pattinson brooded his way around a space station while Juliette Binoche rambled on about semen. For me, though, this year’s best film about the doomed inhabitants of a stranded interstellar craft is Swedish-language sci-fi Aniara, adapted from an epic poem penned by Nobel laureate Harry Martinson in the 1950s.

The film begins with footage of the Earth being ravaged by natural disasters, cutting to a group of settlers travelling from their ancestral home up to the Aniara – an opulent cruise
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Magnet Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to Wrinkles The Clown, Coming to Theaters on October 4th

Looking for to learn more about the real-life creepy clown phenomenon that has swept the nation in recent years? Ahead of its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, the documentary Wrinkles the Clown has been acquired by Magnet Releasing, with an October 4th theatrical release planned.

Press Release: New York, NY – Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Wrinkles The Clown, an unnerving new documentary that seeks to uncover the mystery behind chilling accounts of a nightmarish clown seen terrorizing disobedient children throughout Florida. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Beach Nichols (Welcome To Leith) and financed and produced by Topic Studios, Wrinkles The Clown will world-premiere at Fantastic Fest, followed by an October 4th theatrical release.

It started with a silent black and white surveillance video uploaded to YouTube that depicted a child sleeping peacefully. Until a disheveled old man disguised
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'Farming' wins Michael Powell award at Edinburgh Film Festival

'Farming' wins Michael Powell award at Edinburgh Film Festival
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut also won best actor for Damson Idris.

Farming, the directorial debut of UK filmmaker Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, has won the top prize at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff).

The film, which had its UK premiere at the festival, won the Michael Powell award for best British feature film. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and is set for release in the UK in September via Lionsgate.

Writer-director Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s autobiographical story centres on a Nigerian boy Enitan (Damson Idris), who is ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family
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The Film Stage Show Ep. 350 – Aniara

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel and I discuss Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja’s existential sci-fi drama Aniara, which is now available on VOD.

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Film Review: ‘Aniara’

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Film Review: ‘Aniara’
Each year brings an example or three of purported “thinking person’s science-fiction” films, a category that pretty much embraces anything not centered on monsters or lightsaber battles. These efforts are often more admirable in theory than result, but “Aniara” — the first film drawn from Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Harry Martinson’s 1956 cycle of 103 cantos — provides a narrative as satisfying as its conception is ambitious. This tale of a spaceship stuck wandering the cosmos after being forced off course is both impressive in its scope and intimate in its portrait of human nature under long-term duress.

Though inevitably destined to frustrate genre fans who think they want something different but still require conventional action thrills, Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja’s first feature should intrigue and reward those inclined toward adult drama who wouldn’t normally expect such tropes from a sci-fi movie.

There’s also the lure of topicality:
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‘Aniara’ Trailer: A Journey From Earth to Mars Becomes an Existential Nightmare

‘Aniara’ Trailer: A Journey From Earth to Mars Becomes an Existential Nightmare
When’s the last time you saw a sci-fi movie about space travel that was pleasant? I’m having a hard time thinking up one at the moment, because the majority are usually about all the terrible things that await us foolish humans if we dare break through the stratosphere, and beyond. The Swedish sci-fi film Aniara is […]

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Society Breaks Down in Aniara [Trailer]

In the near future, the end of the Earth leads the remnants of society to make an escape from Earth to Mars on luxury transport ships which make the trip in three weeks. The Aniara is one of those ships except that partway through the flight, the ship gets knocked off course and the crew is left with one option: find a celestial body and leverage its gravity to get back on course. Trouble is, they don't know when they're going to encounter the necessary celestial body.

Adapted from Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson's poem, Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja's feature film debut Aniara (teaser) follows the survivors aboard the Aniara and observes how this insular society
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‘Aniara’ Trailer: Traveling From Earth To Mars Goes Awry In This Ambitious Sci-Fi Thriller

Swedish writer Harry Martinson made the cosmos poetic with his piece “Aniara.” Aniara, meaning sad or depressing, encompassed the existential turn of the unknown space and humanity’s wavering place in it as the earth begins to crumble. Martinson’s poem is deep and reflexive and makes for an eerie adaptation to film.

Read More: ‘Midsommar’ Trailer: ‘Hereditary’ Filmmaker Ari Aster Teams With Florence Pugh For His New Nightmare

The work of Martinson provides the narrative for the film, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Göteborg Focuses on the Apocalypse, Saving the Earth

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Goteborg, Sweden — There’s an impending sense of doom in the current zeitgeist, particularly with feelings about climate change, that the Göteborg Film Festival taps into this year with Focus: Apocalypse. Fest artistic director Jonas Holmberg notes, “We are exploring how today’s filmmakers work with the existential, ethical and political aspects of this crisis. Perhaps more than any other art form, film has preoccupied itself with envisioning the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic situations, and perhaps it is precisely through such artistic imaginings that we can deal with civilization’s presently critical state.”

Comprising a thoughtfully-curated program of films, special events and seminars, the focus poses the question “What can humans do, alone or collectively, to save the earth?”

One answer comes via the Icelandic title “Woman At War,” directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, which takes on pressing environmental concerns with humor and aplomb. The eponymous woman is a much beloved, middle-aged Reykjavik choir conductor,
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Swedish Film Festival Will Seal Moviegoers Inside Coffins for Sci-Fi Film Set in Space

Swedish Film Festival Will Seal Moviegoers Inside Coffins for Sci-Fi Film Set in Space
For anyone who has ever wanted to sleep like Dracula, now’s their chance.

The Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden is offering moviegoers the opportunity to experience the sci-fi film Aniara inside of a coffin when it premieres on Jan. 27.

Eight volunteers will be sealed inside custom made caskets equipped with screens, speakers and air vents.

The coffins have been made to magnify the solitary theme of the movie, which centers around a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars when it’s knocked off course. The incident then forces its passengers to consider their place in the universe.

“This is going
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Goteborg to host 2019 Eurimages Audentia Award

The $34,000 prize is aimed at promoting gender equality.

The Goteborg Film Festival will open with Miia Tervo’s Aurora from Finland, about a party animal Finnish woman in Lapland who meets an Iranian asylum seeker, on January 26.

The festival will close with the world premiere of Swedish directors’ Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein’s Swoon on February 4. The period romance is about two young lovers from families who own rival amusement parks.

The festival will screen 376 films from 83 countries.

Full lists of the films in the festival’s five competitions below.

The festival will host Eurimages’ Audentia Award competition for
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Anna Paquin’s ‘Tell It to the Bees’ Flies to U.S. With Good Deed (Exclusive)

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London-based sales and financing house Film Constellation has sold North American rights for Annabel Jankel’s “Tell It to the Bees,” which stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, to Good Deed Entertainment.

Good Deed, which is aiming for a spring theatrical release, has partnered with FilmRise on streaming and linear rights for the film.

The period drama, which received its world premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, is based on Fiona Shaw’s novel of the same name. It follows Dr. Jean Markham (Paquin) as she returns to the town she left as a teenager. A school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her medical practice, and this brings his mother Lydia (Grainger) into the doctor’s world. The two women are drawn to one another but in 1950s small-town Britain, their secret can’t stay hidden forever.

Other movies on Film Constellation’s Afm slate
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'John McEnroe' feature documentary scores UK deal for Film Constellation (exclusive)

Modern Films boards Berlin premiere.

John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection, the feature documentary that premiered in Berlin and also played the BFI London Film Festival, has been picked up for UK distribution.

Sales agent Film Constellation has struck a deal with Eve Gabereau’s Modern Films – the latter is planning to release the film around the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2019.

Director Julien Faraut’s experimental film documents tennis legend John McEnroe’s performance at the 1984 French Open, when he was no.1 in the world, and is narrated by Mathieu Amalric. It premiered in Berlin’s Forum strand
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Tiff 2018: Impressive Space Travel Sci-Fi Film 'Aniara' from Sweden

Space. The final frontier. This is the story of the starship Aniara. If you know me, you know I'm a huge sci-fi geek. Especially when it comes to space travel, and anything involving space and planets and spaceships. I discovered a film at the Toronto Film Festival this year titled Aniara, a Swedish sci-fi film adapted from Harry Martinson's epic poem of the same name. This astounding sci-fi film is set in the near future and is about a big spaceship taking colonists from Earth to Mars, usually a three week journey for batches of lazy humans. But it gets irreversibly knocked off course, causing the passengers to descend into madness once they begin to accept their fate: drifting into the void of space. This film is Amazingly good, perhaps the best indie sci-fi I've seen since Arrival, perfectly executed and invigorating in its rigorous sci-fi storytelling. The overall
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Tiff deal flow continues as sci-fi premieres 'Freaks', 'Aniara' sell

Tiff deal flow continues as sci-fi premieres 'Freaks', 'Aniara' sell
Well Go USA pounces on ’Freaks’, Magnolia takes ‘Aniara’.

The Toronto deal flow continued to trickle in after the busy first weekend as Well Go USA picked up multiple territories on Freaks and Magnolia pounced on Aniara.

Well Go USA closed a deal in the early hours of Monday (10) for North America, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, and Latin America on Tiff selection Freaks in a seven-figure deal.

Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky’s sci-fi thriller premiered in the Discovery section on Saturday and Well Go plans a theatrical release in 2019. It screens to the public on Monday night.

Emile Hirsch,
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Neon Acquires Buzzy Toronto Title ‘Wild Rose’

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Neon Acquires Buzzy Toronto Title ‘Wild Rose’
Indie distributor Neon has landed domestic rights to “Wild Rose,” arguably the hottest sales title at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Tim League’s company landed the finished film in a competitive situation, for roughly $4 million. The movie follows an aspiring country singer who wants to leave her humdrum life in Scotland for a Southern-fried adventure in Nashville.

Tom Harper directs from a script by writer Nicole Taylor. Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters star. The film premiered at Tiff on Saturday.

Also Read: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Epic Foreign Sci-Fi 'Aniara'

Last year, Neon bought the highly-coveted “I, Tonya” for roughly the same price tag. Of course, “I, Tonya” went on to have an awards run with Margot Robbie and Allison Janney.

The distributor also had a strong presence at January’s Sundance Film Festival, acquiring tech thriller “Assassination Nation” for a whopping $10 million, as
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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Epic Foreign Sci-Fi ‘Aniara’

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Epic Foreign Sci-Fi ‘Aniara’
Magnolia Pictures said on Monday it has acquired rights to distribute Swedish science fiction thriller “Aniara” after the film’s world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Aniara” was adapted by directors Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja from an epic poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson.

Aniara,” according to the Tiff description of the film, charts the fate of the human race after they have destroyed the planet. As one of several ships launched into space to start anew on Mars, Aniara is designed to meet the needs of a species that has just consumed its birthplace: it’s a giant shopping mall. When an accident knocks the ship off course and disables its steering, the likelihood that these once-sanguine colonizers will ever reach their destination gradually begins to shrink.

Also Read: Focus Features Lands Thriller 'Greta,' Starring Isabelle Huppert

The protagonist, Mr (Emelie Jonsson
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Film Constellation Kicks Off Sales on Kiwi Gang Film ‘Savage’ (Exclusive)

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Film Constellation Kicks Off Sales on Kiwi Gang Film ‘Savage’ (Exclusive)
Inspired by real-life stories of New Zealand’s fearsome street gangs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, shooting has started on “Savage,” and the sales effort is getting underway in Toronto. Jake Ryan (“The Great Gatsby”), John Tui (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”), and Chelsie Preston Crayford (“What We Do in the Shadows”) are starring in the movie, which is helmed by Sam Kelly.

It tells the story of Danny at three different ages and critical moments in his life, which push and pull him towards and away from gang life. Each of the chapters is set at a defining moment in New Zealand’s gang culture, from their emergence to them becoming more organized and focused on crime. It is being shot on location in New Zealand.

“I want to depict flawed but real characters, to find what I call the ‘sharp edge’: where it feels raw, charged and bold,
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