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Aniara is Swedish film by collaborating directors Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, an adaptation of the Aniara Cantos written in 1956 by Harry Martinson, Swedish Nobel Laureate novelist and poet.
Aniara is a space cruise-ship carrying thousands from an Earth ravaged by war and the cataclysmic results of the climate crisis, a short 3-week voyage to a new life on Mars. It veers off from its intended course as a handful of screws, intergalactic waste, get into Aniara’s mechanics, disabling its engines and navigation. the ship is carried into the void, into the great darkness, without any ability to alter course.
The film follows the crew and passengers as they slowly discover and understand their predicament (first the pilots and bridge crew, then the rest of the ships’ crew complement – chefs, masseuses, bartenders, security personnel, followed by the passengers), focusing on their efforts, as they try and handle the solitude, one another, and the hypnotizing, mind- and heart-breaking, inhuman emptiness of the void around them – space itself. Aniara is a powerful, melancholic, wise parable on how our society handles (or not) our existence in an empty, cold, sometimes cruel, universe.
106 minutes, Swedish
Directors: Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja
Cast: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini
Winner of 4 Guldbagge Awards (the Swedish equivalent to the Academy Awards): best direction (Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja), best actress (Emelie Jonsson), best supporting actress (Bianca Cruzeiro) and best visual effects. Aniara premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2018) from there going on to present at numerous festivals worldwide, among them Göteborg, Imagine in Amsterdam, BIFFF, Edinburgh, Bucheon IFFF, Trieste Science+Fiction, Jerusalem and of course Utopia in Tel-Aviv.