First Trailer for Outstanding Swedish Space Exploration Sci-Fi 'Aniara'

March 5, 2019
Source: YouTube


"We can no longer steer Aniara…" Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first trailer for sci-fi thriller Aniara, an exceptional indie film about a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars that is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to ponder their place in the universe. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and stopped by a few other festivals. I saw the film at TIFF and totally loved it - writing a glowing review saying "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." Starring Emelie Jonsson, Arvin Kananian, Bianca Cruzeiro, Anneli Martini, Jennie Silfverhjelm, Peter Carlberg, and Emma Broomé. This film truly is one of the finest sci-fi films of the last few years, and I can't wait to see it again and dig more into its big ideas. I've been telling all my sci-fi fan friends about this one, give it a look below.

Here's the first official US trailer (+ poster) for Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja's Aniara, from YouTube:

Aniara Poster

Synopsis from TIFF: Based on a prescient epic poem by Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson, Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja's astounding and eerie Aniara charts the fate of the human race after they have destroyed the planet. 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. (It may be the best use of mall-as-metaphor since George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead.) 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. Aniara is co-directed by Swedish filmmakers Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, both making their feature directorial debut after a number of short films and other projects previously. The screenplay is also by Kågerman & Lilja, based on Harry Martinson's poem. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year (read our review). Magnolia will release Kågerman & Lilja's Aniara in select theaters + on VOD starting May 17th this summer. Follow @AniaraFilm. Intrigued?

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Looks impressive! I love European SciFi.

Merzmensch on Mar 5, 2019


Intriguing enough ...

shiboleth on Mar 5, 2019


Looks alright. Dig the poster.

DAVIDPD on Mar 5, 2019


Looks like a trip (PUN INTENDED). That poster is trippy and rad too! I'm down.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 5, 2019


Had forgotten about this, but I remember your review now. I hope I'll like it as much as you, 'cause I really enjoy sci-fi like this when it's done well. I've gotta say that the trailer didn't really capture me, but I'll check it out.

Efterklang on Mar 6, 2019


I love it when we make good stuff in Scandinavia. 😛 This looks awesome. Now please finish up the Stallo and Stalpi movies! 😀

ErrorSapiens on Mar 6, 2019

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