We’ve just landed some exclusive stills for another flick that’s been on our radar for a while now, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and yes, they’re just as weird and obscure as the film’s title suggests. Check ‘em out!
Look for the film in limited release via Magnet on May 18th. Panos Cosmatos directs; Michael Rodgers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands, and Marilyn Norry star.
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.
Cosmatos was born in Rome in 1974 to the late Greek movie director George Cosmatos and a Swedish experimental artist mother. He spent his early formative years traveling all over the globe before settling in Canada. In 1981 the family lived for a year in Mexico, where exposure to the strange local interpretations of American pop culture had a profound and lasting effect on his creative life. Growing up in the isolated suburbs of Vancouver Island during the 80s, he obsessed over the minutiae of heavy metal, fantasy art, and science fiction horror films, which he still does to this day. He then immersed himself in the underground art and music scenes, making short films, album covers, and music videos with a burgeoning group of influential and ground breaking artists. Pantos currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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