20 April 2012

Alien mothership poses human questions in Spanish UFO movie

Silver Screen Saucers

“Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?”

This is the premise for the critically acclaimed Spanish UFO-Rom-com, Extraterrestrial, a movie which, although produced in 2011, is only now finding its way to US audiences.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The movie will be released simultaneously in theaters and via video-on-demand and also will be available for audiences nationwide to create their own theatrical screenings through the Tugg platform. Extraterrestrial will have an initial theatrical release in Brooklyn and Seattle, open a week later in North Hollywood and then play Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations in Texas in June.

Through Tugg, an individual can create personalized theatrical screenings by selecting the date, time and theater of his choice and then spreading the word to their friends and fellow film fans. Once enough people commit to attending, the event will be automatically confirmed and fans can host their own screening.” 


Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Extraterrestrial premiered to warm reviews at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Its plot concerns “two strangers in Madrid [who] find their morning disrupted by a suspicious neighbor, an ex-boyfriend and a mysterious flying saucer.”

According to the review site WayTooIndie.com - which describes the movie as a “very funny lark of a science fiction film” - Extraterrestrial has “absolutely no aliens in it at all,” but instead concerns itself with “how humans react in dire situations. How they treat each other, themselves. The film asks a lot of questions, like what would you do if you were locked in an apartment with the woman you loved and her boyfriend? If you were threatened by one of her neighbors who knows secrets about you.”

Extraterrestrial will arrive on DVD this summer through Entertainment One.

View the trailer here...



1 comment:

  1. It kind of feels like this was an attempt to find the comedy of an existential situation not unlike Sartre's No Exit --and they seem to have succeeded ;)

    It's great that the reduction in F/X costs allow independent filmmakers not backed by a big studio to explore different avenues of Sci Fi and Fantasy.

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