Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Gerda-Anette Allikas, Rene Köster, Lauri Lagle, Guillermo Llansó, Agustín Mateo, Carlo Pironti, Iveta Pole, Daniel Tadesse, Solomon Tashe
Meseret Argaw, Miguel Llansó, Cristian Nicolescu, Kristjan Pütsep, Guna Stahovska, Andy Starke, Daniel Taye Workou, Sergio Uguet de Resayre
Michal Babinec, Erik Põllumaa, Israel Seoane
Special Agent DT Gagano (Daniel Tadesse) dreams of leaving the CIA to open a pizzeria with his wife Malin, but global crisis has a way of getting in the way! Case in point: a computer virus in the effigy of the great Soviet Leaders is taking over the agency’s operating system, orchestrating chess games against itself, and going as far as maiming the agents that dare jack into the simulation to confront it! Tasked with destroying the threat, agents Palmer and Gagano travel deep into the virtual realm, but their mission is quickly compromised: the simulation is revealed to be a delirious psychedelic trap, a mere pit-stop in a plan far more complex than they expected. As the virus’ real-world influence grows ever more threatening and the very fabric of reality starts unraveling, it appears that nothing is what it seems…
Miguel Llansó’s highly anticipated follow-up to the enigmatic CRUMBS (Fantasia 2015) sees the Spanish director find his footing and voice, and trading the dreamy slow-burn of his debut for an unexpectedly goofy sci-fi-adventure-comedy in the spirit of TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE — yet built from a cornucopia of metabolized arthouse influences, and inventive cinematic techniques (such as stop-motion animation with human actors, or cardboard cut-out masks in lieu of faces!). Shot on film, and produced once again between Spain, Ethiopia and Estonia, JESUS looks like nothing else out there, blending an afro-futurist outlook with the retro cool of the Cold War spy thriller and elements of proto-cyberpunk and Philip K. Dickian science fiction, in all their respective glory. A fetish for antiquated contraptions and a focus on the reality-warping, mind-melting potential of technology collide unexpectedly with a dash of tokusatsu, good old-fashioned psychedelics, and spiritualism, to achieve — to say the least — a truly unclassifiable U.F.O. of a film that will have you saying Amen! – Ariel Esteban Cayer
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