Director: Fedor Bondarchuk

2017. 117 mins, Russia. Digital

This film screened 8th July 2018.

Screening as part of our Dark Skies: Invasion season July 7th to 29th.

A Russian sci-fi blockbuster made on a comparatively meagre budget, Fedor Bondarchuk’s Attraction – a phenomenal domestic boxoffice success – is an eye-grabbing contemporary riff on the alien invasion movie.

The bravura opening sequence is especially memorable as the Russian military intercepts an enormous spacecraft cloaked in a meteor shower; shooting it down over Moscow, its spectacular crash-landing is depicted through an impressive display of special effects. Surprising shifts of tone follow in a film that upends our expectations of how this familiar scenario will play out.

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