Magnet Releasing Bringing Beyond the Black Rainbow to the US

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You can’t say we didn’t warn you there’d be some more distribution news coming out of the Cannes Film Festival. The latest tidbit is that Magnet Releasing (the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures) has picked up US rights and Mongrel Media has acquired Canada from XYZ Pictures to Panos Cosmatos’ sci-fi thriller Beyond the Black Rainbow.

Per Screen Daily the film, which premiered at the Tribeca film fest last month, will get theatrical releases in both markets.

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.

Beyond the Black Rainbow

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  • Vanvance1

    That’s a depressing and inaccurate summation. If you bring Kubrick’s name into your description that should signify a highly individualistic, complex and singular artistic vision. It should not mean ‘retro’ because Kubrick was never retro, he was always cutting edge, defining film moments that have been appreciated and copied by hundreds of less original minds.

    This might be a decent film but the marketing is offensive and sets the bar far higher that it is likely to reach.

    • Shambling_in_Bandages

      The synopsis doesn’t describe Kubrick’s work as retro, it only describes this film as being in a style that looked futuristic to people making films in the ’70s and ’80s, but which can how look rather retro from a modern audience’s point of view.

      ‘Space: 1999’ – it looked quite futuristic at the time, but nowadays you can’t imagine people in the “futuristic” year 1999 wearing such huge flared trousers or sporting 1970s porn moustaches.