Director: Pella Kågerman, Hugo LiljaSweden, Denmark 2018105 minutesFSK 18 (unchecked)
Ostentor CinemaThu. 26.09.201920:00German premiere

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That is what it is about

Earth has become uninhabitable and humanity is colonising Mars. The space transporter "Aniara" is supposed to bring thousands of passengers to their new home. But an accident sends the ship off course without fuel and drifting aimlessly into space. Faith, philosophy and wild orgies are supposed to provide comfort in the coming months and years. The animator MR tries to find a sense of life again in this environment. A suddenly appearing flying object stirs up the hopes of all...

What you should know

ANIARA is based on the epic poem by the Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson. Already published in 1956, this dystopia is still highly topical today in view of the climate catastrophe. The existential horror of the passengers and the question of the meaning of life hover over very practical problems of living together and catering. The question of the norms of humanity and civilisation are explored again and again in the face of hope and despair.
Original title: Aniara
Rights holder: Euro Video
Language: Original with English subtitles
Cast: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian
Film Festivals: Edinburgh International Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Sitges Catalonian International Fantastic Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival


Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja studied together at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Their zombie short film THE UNLIVING, scripted by Kågerman and directed by Lilja, won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2011 and other international awards. ANIARA is the first feature film by the directing duo, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and won several awards at the Les Arcs European Film Festival.
Aniara, Directors

Audience Award

Aniara was voted 3rd place (4.11 points) in the feature-length category by our audience at the HARD:LINE Festival 2019.

The evaluation was based on a five-point system (1 = Nope!, 5 = Yeah!).

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