Three milestones of the sci-fi genre at TS+FF!

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival prepares to celebrate three important anniversaries, paying tribute to three milestones of the sci-fi genre with many events and the participation of international guests.

Firstly, there will be a tribute to the first 40 years of Ridley Scott‘s very successful masterpiece and science fiction cult Alien (1979) which will be screened in a restored version.

The festival also announces that famous documentarist Alexandre O. Philippe will present the Italian premiere of Memory: The Origins of Alien, the story of the unsettling origins of the great cult classic. Thanks to unreleased material belonging to screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and designer H.R. Giger, the documentary analyzes what inspired Alien, from Greek and Egyptian mythologies to underground comics, from H. P. Lovecraft’s literature to the art of Francis Bacon and the dark hallucinatory visions of O’Bannon and Giger. Philippe is an expert in film investigation and author of many documentaries, among which 78/52, where he tells the story of the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psyco; Doc of the Dead, about zombie movies; The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, a biopic of Paul the octopus; and, most importantly, of the famous The People vs. George Lucas, exploring the worlds of both the Star Wars fans and its creator.

The festival will also celebrate the first 20 years of The Matrix (1999) by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, which will be screened in Trieste in a remastered version. A revolutionary movie knowingly mixing Eastern philosophy and martial arts, mythology and science fiction. The Matrix still has a strong cultural impact and is among the most iconic movies in history, aside from having established, once and for all, Keanu Reeves as an exceptional actor.

A big celebration, too, will be tributed to Robert Wise’s Star Trek (1979), the first motion picture ever based on the science fiction series of the same name which screened in theatres for the first time 40 years ago. The movie will be screened in a restored version. Behind the camera the director of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and The Andromeda Strain (1971), who brings the adventures of U.S.S. Enterprise and the mythical Star Trek universe to the big screen.