We’re still not sure if Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow is more sci-fi or horror, but its description certainly seems tailored toward the genre crowd so we’re happy to point our readers – especially those attending this year’s Tribeca Film Festival – in its direction. Perhaps the two new stills provided to us today will shed a bit more light on the situation.
Beyond the Black Rainbow, written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Cosmatos brings a bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory and the enigmatic scientist who is her captor. Set in a futuristic 1983, Elena finds herself held against her will in a mysterious facility under the watchful eye of the sinister Dr. Barry Nyle. Pushed to her limits, Elena is left with no choice but to navigate an escape from her labyrinthine prison, in the process revealing its hidden secrets.
At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow evokes the spirit of classic 1970s and 80s science fiction films through its vintage-inspired chromatic cinematography, elaborate set pieces, and an authentically retro sci-fi score composed entirely on analog synthesizers by Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt. With all the makings of a cult classic, Beyond the Black Rainbow is sure to absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape and marks the trippy, exciting debut of a promising new talent in the science fiction world.
A joint Canadian/Italian production that was shot in Vancouver, the film stars Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, and Scott Hylands. Be sure to check out the official Beyond the Black Rainbow website and the Beyond the Black Rainbow group on Facebook for additional info. Tribeca 2011 screening dates/times follow:
-Friday, April 22nd at 9:00 PM at AMC Village VII (66 Third Avenue at 11th Street)
-Saturday, April 23rd 9:45 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street – between 7th and 8th Avenues)
-Thursday, April 28th at 12:00 Noon at AMC Village VII (66 Third Avenue at 11th Street)
-Friday, April 29th at 11:30 PM at AMC Village VII (66 Third Avenue at 11th Street)
The 10th edition of the fest will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. For more info visit the official Tribeca website, and click the below link for tickets to Beyond the Black Rainbow.