Festival Films

The 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is proud to have these terrific films as part of this year’s Festival. This is in alphabetical order, and where we can, we have linked to its trailer. Actual showtimes can be found on our Festival Schedule page. These are not the films in the 24-hour SciFi Marathon. This page will be updated with new information as the Festival approaches, so please visit often.


“Mad Max on Ice” ~ Slash Film

2307: WINTER’S DREAM
(US, 2017) NE Premiere. Multi Film Fest winner! In 2307, Hell has finally frozen over . The nuclear winter endures. A genetically enhanced soldier is ordered to destroy the a humanoid rebellion. Stars Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Arielle Holmes (Am Honey) 103m. d: Joey Curtis
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“Cerebral and at times truly chilling…highly recommended.” ~ Den of Geek

ANTI-MATTER
(UK, 2016) US Premiere. A noirish intelligent thriller. A woman’s memories are compromised when she accidentally travels through, and then back, an artificial worm hole. 105m. d: Keir Burrows
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“A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.” ~ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“A thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience.” ~ Variety

APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
(France, 2016) #SciFiKids. It’s 1941, France, it is an alternate reality which is governed by Napolean V, and where steam power rules. Avril (Marion Cotillard) goes in search of her missing scientist parents who suddenly vanished. Award winning animation. 105m. d: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
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“Broken will in fact break you.” ~ Bloody Disgusting
“Has a surprising sense of style and a sure hand” – Dread Central

BROKEN
(UK, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. NE Premiere A crippled, depraved rock star is taken care of by a young woman with a past. Not your typical horror film. 98m.  d: Shaun Robert Smith
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DEAD SUNRISE
(Australia, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. US Premiere. Friends find a reclusive lab and unwittingly unleash flesh eating children onto the world. Oops. 83m. d: Michal Imielski
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DIVERGE
(US, 2016) Winner, Best Film, Lund Film Fest. The survivor of a deadly virus is given the chance to reclaim his lost life by stopping the man responsible for the disease. 85m. d: James Morrison


“Social media meets the apocalypse” ~ Austin Chronicle
“‘End of the world’ thriller that is top notch from beginning to end.” ~ ain’t it cool news

DOMAIN
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. Audience Award Other Worlds Fest, Austin TX. A deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. 97m.  d: Nathaniel Atcheson
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“Tension and technological horror collide.” ~ Wicked Horror

ELECTRIC NOSTALGIA
(US, 2016) A woman awakes to find out she was dead. She’s not even in her old body, and then there are the nightmares. Black & white. 91m. d: Jacob Leighton Burns
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ENERGY!!! THE MOVIE
(Italy, 1993) Discovery! US Premiere.  An energy scientist is holed up in a hotel challenged by elites, and a scheming mistress. Never shown in the US, the film stars acid-guru Timothy Leary in one of his last performances. d: Andrea Marfori (Evil Clutch)


FANTASTIC PLANET
(France, 1973) #SciFiKids. Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, FP was, and still is, a classic. d: Rene Laloux
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IMMIGRATION GAME
(Germany, 2016) World Premiere. Germany has solved the unwanted guest problem. “Refugees” are left outside the city. If they make downtown, they’re in. Except, ‘citizens’ can hunt them, to the death. 96m. d: Krystof Zlatnik
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“Unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki” ~ Reel Film
“Picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.” ~ Deseret News

LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY
(Japan, 1983) #SciFiKids. Saving a girl’s life sets a lad soaring into adventure with all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s past in abandoned castle on a floating castle. 125m. d: Hayao Miyazaki
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LAST BROKEN DARKNESS
(S. Africa, 2017) World Premiere. Eight years after the world ends, humanity has sought refuge under ground. One man, with nothing left to lose, finds there is more to himself when he and a young girl are left alone to survive and find their way home after their team is killed off by mysterious creatures. 127m. d: Christopher-Lee Santos
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“A hallucinatory, panic-inflected descent” ~ Sight & Sound
“Highly original premise and turns it into a pedal-to-the-metal thriller.” ~ The Movie

LOST SOLACE
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. A psychopath has a fateful encounter with a new drug. What follows is a mind-bending trip down the psychedelic highway of consciousness coming face to face with his own morality and his own twisted soul. 106m. d: Chris Scheuerman
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MAGELLAN
(US, 2017) World Premiere. NASA picks up mysterious signals from within our own solar system. A multi-year mission is planned with Astronaut Roger Nelson aboard The Magellan is launched. What lies ahead & what is left behind is the challenge. 100m. d: Rob York
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“This is vital and exciting beautiful stuff.  Love it.” ~ AICN, Harry Knowles

NOVA SEED
(Can., 2016) #SciFiKids. NE Premiere. Beneath a dying world, the Mindskull weaponizes the planet’s power for the ultimate destroyer. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out? The only answer lies within the Nova Seed. 64 m. For children 10+.  d: Nick DiLiberto
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OCCUPANTS
(US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner! A documentarian named Annie ropes her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate, dark universe. with Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Picardo. d: Russell Emmanuel
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OMG I’M A ROBOT
(Israel, 2015) East Coast Premiere. A loser nebbish discovers his true nature with romantic & comic results. In Hebrew with subtitles. 90m. d: Tal Goldberg, Gal Zelezniak
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PROJECT EDEN, VOL. 1
(New Zealand/US, 2017) World Premiere. Aided by an ex-military officer, a young woman becomes an unwitting fugitive after discovering that her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. With Erick Avari (The Mummy), Mike Dopud (The Strain, Continuum) 95m.  d: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance Young
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TELEIOS
(UK, 2016) Fantastic Planet, Fantasmagorical Film Fest winner! A rescue crew is sent to recover a deep space mining vessel. There is also the question of why there are no survivors . With Sunny Mabrey & Michael Nouri: d. Ian Truitner
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THE KAOS BRIEF
(US, 2017) World Premiere. KAOS, a hacktivist group, reveals top secret information found in the Edward Snowden files. It is footage filmed by four high school seniors. The video reveals a terrifying ordeal, from markings on their bodies, lost time, and mysterious visitations, their world has become dangerous. Social media exposes it all. 80m. d: JP Mandarino
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“Original … thought provoking, intelligently written.” ~ Slamdance

THE ASCENDANTS ANTHOLOGY
(US, 2017) World Premiere. In the near future, proof of the afterlife creates a corrupt dystopia. A socio-theologic scifi thriller where the afterlife has been confirmed and monitored by science, and that may not be such a good thing. Now salvation and damnation rest in exclusively mortal hands. 60m. d. Don Schechter
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THE LANDING
(US, 2017) World Premiere. The 1973 controversial Apollo mission is explored with no stone left unturned. In interviews conducted on the 25th anniversary of the incident, witnesses and participants reveal layers of mystery surrounding these little-known events, which few realize, it almost destroyed NASA. 83m. d. Mark Dodson, David Dodson
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“Surreal, and ultimately very moving.” ~ ScreenAnarchy

THE OPEN
(France, 2015) MultiFest Winner. War is global. Yet Stéphanie & André are preparing to play tennis… without any balls. They believe in it. So much that they could even convince Ralph, a guerilla from the plain, to lay down his gun… and take up his racket. Probing & smart. 103m. d: Marc Lahore
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THE TOMORROW PARADOX
(US, 2016) An insomniac’s black-market sleep aid sends his mind time-travelling. Is he a suspect in a woman’s disappearance or is it the drug? Lots of Boston connections. 98 m. d: Bruce Wemple
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THE WORLDS OF PHILIP K DICK
Presented in association with BOSKONE
(France, 2015) NE Premiere. Blade Runner. Minority Report. Total Recall. Paycheck,. And more. Cinema has been drawn to Philip K. Dick’s work. Themes of memory, loss of self, controlled societies all echo in the 21st century. This documentary explore the man, his writings and his films. 52 m. d: Yann Couquart
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VIRTUAL REVOLUTION
(France/US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner. East Coast Premiere
Paris 2047. Everybody seems to be spending all their time connected to virtual worlds, and with reality taking a back seat, no one seems to care when restive naturalists start disappearing. Noirish. 93m. d. Guy-Roger Duvert
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“Combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values.” ~ Variety

WESTWORLD
Presented by Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude & Margery Eagan
(US, 1973) “Have we got a vacation for you!” Join BPR’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan — along with critic Garen Daly — for a far out WGBH Cinema Classic Challenge! In an amusement park for the rich, vacationers live fantasies through elaborate animatronic sets. Things go deadly wrong when a robot gunslinger stalks the clientele.  88m. d. Michael Crighton
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“An atmospheric dose of sylvan shivers” ~ Hollywood Reporter

WITHOUT NAME
(Ireland, 2017) An ancient forest gets restive when a land surveyor is assigned to measure it for development. Brooding, eerie, and Celtic. 93m. d: Lorcan Finnegan
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