This year’s Offscreen festival travels to the far ends of the cinematic universe in search of cult cinema pearls and science-fiction classics. In order to naviguate the vastness of the genre, Offscreen has focused its telescope on the pre-digital effect era of sci-fi, on the adventursome exploration of interstellar space and on exotic planets, in most cases in search of extraterrestrial life forms…
Science-fiction inspires the most extravagant fantasies and obliges filmmakers to invent new universes using the "magic" of special effects. But most of the time, our representations of elsewhere and the future are nothing more than a reflection of our contemporary, terrestrial preoccupations, revealing much about the time and culture in which the sci-fi is made. In some cases, such as with the Soviet Block countries, these imaginary parables about the far side of the universe allowed filmmakers to detour controversy and censorship. So we now present you with a small selection of different looks at the world and the universe, here at Nova and also at the Cinematek.
During the festival, Nova will be your spacecraft, transporting you from black holes and asteroids to strange creaures and cosmic radiation. Will the artificial gravity system be installed in the bathrooms during the voyage? We’ll see when the festival opens!