THU—September 29—7 PM ET, free
“A dazzling and strikingly designed futuristic fairytale” (Variety) — screening at Scandinavia House ahead of its theatrical opening this September, see the gripping Lithuanian sci-fi drama Vesper (dir. Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper; Lithuania/France/Belgium, 2022)!
Set after the collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper follows the titular headstrong 13-year-old girl (Raffiella Chapman), who uses her survival skills to subsist in the remnants of a strange and dangerous world with her ailing father, Darius (Richard Brake). When Vesper finds a mysterious woman, Camellia (Rosy McEwen), alone and disoriented after an aerial crash, she agrees to help find her missing companion in exchange for safe passage to the Citadel – the dark central hub where oligarchs live in comfort thanks to state-of-the-art biotechnology. Vesper soon discovers that her brutal neighbor, Jonas (Eddie Marsan), is searching for Camellia, who is harboring a secret that could change all of their lives forever. Forced into a dangerous adventure, Vesper must rely on her wits and bio-hacking abilities to unlock the key to an alternate future. (112 min. In English)
“Something wholly unique — at once modern and timeless” (The Wrap)
Vesper opens theatrically on September 30 at IFC Center and other cinemas.
Special thanks to IFC Films.
About the Directors
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper started their collaboration in 2007 in co-writing Kristina’s first film award The Collectress. The movie won Best Feature Film Award at the Lithuania Silver Crane Awards (2008), the Best Director Award in Russian Kinoshock Festival, and participated in more than 30 film festivals – Karlovy Vary, Pusan, Valencia, Manheim, Cottbus, Cairo among others. After its recognition, creators deepened their partnership and created a second successful feature film Vanishing Waves (2012), which won 24 prizes in different festivals – the 2012 Méliès d’Or Award, Best European Fantastic Film, and four prizes in Fantastic Fest (Austin USA).
Vanishing Waves also received special mention in 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival, among others, and was widely distributed both in Europe and USA. While developing their third feature Vesper, Kristina and Bruno co-directed and coproduced a short segment, “K is for Knell” for American Horror Anthology “ABCs of Death 2.”