10th HARD:LINE Film Festival: April 6th until April 9th 2023


Director: James Ward ByrkitUSA 201389 minutesFSK 18 (unchecked)
Winter gardenSat. 27.09.201422:30

That is what it is about

On the radio it was reported that there could be strange occurrences when the comet passes the earth and thus creates a space-time anomaly. Shattered mobile phone displays are just the beginning! That evening, eight friends finally reunite after years to toast old times over dinner. When the power suddenly goes out, a reconnaissance tour of the neighbourhood brings shocking results to light! No one is safe any more - not even from themselves!

What you should know

What begins like a drama catapults out of its leisureliness without ever losing sight of the essential. COHERENCE soon sets such a fast pace that it takes your breath away. When it becomes clear that it is not only the existence of a comet that makes this an impressively staged science fiction thriller, this mindfuck work of art completely captivates its audience. A must-see!
Original title: Coherence
Rights holder: Bildstörung
Language: English original version
Cast: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
Film Festivals: Fantastic Fest, Imagine Film Festival, Sitges Catalonian International Fantastic Film Festival


Rarely can a career be so clearly felt as with James Ward Byrkit. He made a name for himself as a storyboard artist for the first two parts of THE CARIBBEAN FAKE and also wrote the screenplay for Gore Verbinski's RANGO. At this time he only directed smaller short films and computer games. With COHERENCE he is about to make his feature film directorial debut and everyone will agree: This man belongs nowhere else but in the director's chair.
Coherence, Director

Audience Award

Coherence was voted 2nd place (3.73 points) in the Spotlights category by our audience at the HARD:LINE Festival 2014.

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

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