Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30 PM VANISHING WAVES (2012) Dir. Kristina Buozyte, 2012, 124 min. Philadelphia Premiere
VANISHING WAVES is a bold, visionary work of science fiction cinema that recalls the genre in its cerebral 1960s and '70s golden age, just as it simultaneously forges new territory with its unique fusion of emotional melodrama and hallucinatory widescreen spectacle. The second solo feature from Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte, following her acclaimed 2008 debut The Collectress, Vanishing Waves is a science fiction romance that is equally occupied by the erotic as well as the fantastic. Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) is assisting a scientific research team by functioning as a patient in a series of monitored (and medicated) sensory deprivation experiments wherein he is attempting to make some form of contact with the subject, Aurora (Jurga Jutaite), a young woman who has been locked in a comatose state for some time. Doctors initially hope for just a vague reaffirmation of consciousness, but the experiment takes an unexpected twist when Lukas and Aurora actually develop a strong psychic link in their mutually altered forms of consciousness and their link quickly evolves into a romantic, sexually charged relationship. As Lukas hides this data from his researchers, he and Aurora meet secretly and passionately in a series of surreal dreamscapes created by their collective minds, but their union is tragically doomed to collapse around them.
VANISHING WAVES swept all the major awards Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Jurga Jutaite) at 2012's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. It also won Best Film at the Rio Grind Film Festival in Vancouver and has played at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Palic European Film Festival, Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. (TC)
Travis Crawford, Acquisitions Consultant for the Philadelphia-based Artsploitation Films, will introduce the screening.
Advance tix are $10, no refunds or exchanges.
The Cinedelphia Film Festival is a Philly-centric celebration of Philly film running from April 4-27, 2013. http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com
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