Trieste Science+Fiction Festival reveals six more titles of the 2019 official programme selection!
Beginning with James Cameron’s much anticipated and very much loved cyborgs, on screen on Wednesday October 30th, and proceeding with Last Sunrise – the first Chinese movie in competition at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival – the neglected superheroes of Code 8 and the problematic ones of Blind Spot, the original afro-futuristic outlook of Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, and the unfathomable marine creature of Sea Fever. The festival’s official selection draws a map of genre movies, inviting the audience to explore unknown and adventurous territories with a richer and more varied programme of fantastic movies.
Terminator: Destino Oscuro (Terminator: Dark Fate) by Tim Miller
Terminator: Dark Fate reunites Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron with original franchise stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time in 28 years in a thrilling new action-adventure that picks up where Terminator 2: Judgment Day left off.
“We all got together in a room with Jim [Cameron] and producer David Ellison to talk about a whole bunch of what-ifs,” says director Tim Miller (Deadpool, Love, Death & Robots). “We considered things like whether it should take place in the present, the past or the future. Should it focus on Sarah; should it be John? […] The future’s not only stranger than you imagine, it’s stranger than you can imagine. I don’t think AI’s agenda will be to kill us. We don’t know what it will become – but it will be able to evolve more in a day than we have in millions of years. At the moment, I choose to believe they’ll be better than us.” In collaboration with 20th Century Fox.
Code 8 by Jeff Chan
Jeff Chan presents, as an Italian premiere, his sci-fi action based on the short of the same name, a project that generated over $2M in crowdfunding. In a future where the authorities persecute anyone who is “different”, a young man with super powers has no choice but to accept the offer of a criminal who wants to take advantage of his abilities, even if it means drawing the attention of the law enforcement agencies.
As actor Robbie Amell states, Code 8 “isn’t a superhero movie with costumes. It’s definitely a darker world where you’re not celebrated for being a hero.”
Last Sunrise by Wen Ren
Last Sunrise is one of those stories that reflect the light of the human spirit that sparks in the darkest of times. A future reliant on solar energy falls into chaos after the sun disappears, forcing a reclusive astronomer and his bubbly neighbor out of the city. Temperature goes subzero and oxygen depletes: the only hope is a miracle at their final destination, District Four. A Chinese sci-fi film which is already a favorite, and a winner, in the festival circuit.
Wen Ren presents, as an Italian premiere, the first Chinese film in competition at TS+FF: “This also happens to be one of the first few Chinese sci-fi films from China to hit the festival circuit. We shot 14 days, under -26°C condition, with 100+ crew, traveling over 1600 km, and we pulled it off under € 220,000.”
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway by Miguel Llansó
CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano are tasked with the mission of destroying a dangerous computer virus called ‘Soviet Union’. They enter the system using VR but the mission turns into a trap; the virus is far more complex than they ever expected. Miguel Llansó, at TS+FF in 2015 with Crumbs, is back in Trieste with a delirious ride. The Matrix on Acid!
Sea Fever by Neasa Hardiman
A solitary marine biology student, doing research on a fishing trawler, struggles to gain the trust of the close-knit crew when they encounter an unfathomable creature that threatens their lives. A monster movie, which is also a dreamy thriller, and a story about taking responsibility – for ourselves, our actions, our community, and our world.
Neasa Hardiman, a BAFTA-winning director and writer, tells us that Sea Fever “draws on an old European tradition of expressionist cinema, where the film’s central metaphor lets us examine deeper issues confronting our own world through the mirror of an exciting story. […] I want to unearth the real roots of a depiction that misrepresents and marginalizes people who think differently.” A European premiere.
Blind Spot (L’angle mort) by Pierre Trividic, Patrick Mario Bernard
Dominick has the power to turn invisible, but rarely uses it. Just from time to time to spy on his neighbours. He has kept it a secret, hidden even from his fiancée. Dominick is an ordinary man: he has a job, he lives in an apartment, and he doesn’t know what to do with his power. Until his ability to control his gift gets out of hand… Superheroes have never been so vulnerable…
“Our subject is lost, among other things,” say the two directors, who will present their film as an Italian premiere. “The easiest way was to make invisibility a natural gift, without any explanation. A living thing that goes out of control, like all living things. Dominick didn’t choose to be an invisible man.“