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The fifth Celludroid Film Festival will present an array of fascinating and far-out movies, documentaries and short films ranging from sci-fi to fantasy and beyond.
Besides some rare films you are unlikely to see popping up at a local cinema, most of these films make their South African big screen premieres.
One of the films to look out for is the premiere of South African director Richard Stanley’s new documentary L’Autre Monde (The Otherworld).
The festival takes places at the Labia Theatre from tomorrow to September 5 and at The Bioscope in Joburg from September 5 to 8.
Audience give-aways include Velocity graphic novels and Deadpool PS 3 games, and remember, in Cape Town, you can take your drinks from the Labia Theatre bar into the cinema.
Tickets are R35 through www.quicket.co.za or from the Labia at 021 424 5927.
The films which will be screened are:
• War of the Worlds: the True Story: this is the motion picture presentation of the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the war between Earth and Mars that took place in about 1900. A tribute to HG Well’s book, this is directed by Timothy Hines.
• L’Autre Monde (The Otherworld): Richard Stanley investigates The Zone, a mysterious area in the French Pyrenees where it is believed the real and paranormal worlds overlap.
• Plan 9 from Outer Space: Ed Wood’s cult classic – still a riot after all these years featuring Bela Lugosi, Vampira, Lyle Talbot and Tor Jonson – has become a fixture at every Celludroid
• Celludroid Short films volumes 1 and 2 features alien mystery, stop-animation, space travel, strange science, dystopian futures, dimensional twists, dark fairy tale animation, comedic science of attraction, fantasy future comic book characters and more.
• The Cosmonaut: this Spanish indie production directed by Nicolás Alcalá sees a Russian cosmonaut lost in space, but when he finally makes it back to Earth he finds it completely devoid of human life.
• Mold: this sci-fi gore fest features a genetically modified strain of mould meant to combat drug cartels and wipe out coca fields, but, well, as these things go, the killer mildew starts to wage a war on the scientists instead.
This isn’t science… it’s murder… as
directed by Neil Meschino.
• 5-5-5: a professor who gets involved with a new student immerses himself in the prophetic drawings of Benjamin Solari, but then the young woman goes missing. Directed by Gustavo Giannini, with English subtitles.
• Egypt Exposed: The True Origins of Civilization: Best- selling author Robert Bauval traces mankind’s ancient roots to present evidence that Egyptian civilisation emerged from a very different origin than we have been lead to believe.
Directed by award-winning film-maker Philip Gardiner.
• Check www.celludroid.net for times and dates.