The watchAUT Austrian Film Festival is coming to London (event news).
The watchAUT Austrian Film Festival is coming to London, and this year it’s reaching for the stars. On the final day of the festival, two sci-fi classics will be screened back-to-back, offering audiences a glimpse into the past and the future of the genre.
First up is Rubikon, a new Austrian sci-fi thriller directed by Leni Lauritsch. The film stars British actor George Blagden, Austrian actress Julia Franz Richter, and Ukrainian-born actor Mark Ivanir. When Earth disappears in a toxic brown fog, the crew of a space station must decide whether to stay safe in space or risk their lives to get home and search for survivors. It’s a gripping tale of survival, isolation, and the human spirit.
Following Rubikon, audiences will be treated to a special archive screening of Fritz Lang’s 1929 silent film Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon). Lang’s film follows a group of space pioneers as they attempt mankind’s first lunar voyage. It’s often considered the first ‘serious’ sci-fi film due to its realistic depiction of space travel, and it introduced cinema audiences to many elements that we now readily associate with space travel, including the idea of a countdown before the launch of a rocket.
The festival programmers chose Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon) as watchAUT’s special archive screening because it’s a fascinating historical counterpoint to today’s spectacular sci-fi epics like RUBIKON. And should they choose to, audiences have the opportunity to watch both films back-to-back on the festival’s closing day.