Michelle Jenner and Julian Villagran as seen in EXTRATERRESTRIAL, a film by Nacho Vigalondo. Picture courtesy Focus World. All rights reserved.


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Extraterrestrial (2011/2012)

Opened: 06/15/2012 Limited

reRun Theater06/15/2012 - 06/21/20127 days
NoHo 706/22/2012 - 06/28/20127 days

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Genre: Spanish Sci-Fi/Comedy

Rated: Unrated


Focus World is proud to present EXTRATERRESTRIAL, the sexy and hilarious new sci-fi comedy from director Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES).

When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he's pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can't remember - Julia. What's already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor -- and very possibly the end of the world!

Director's Statement

In the century since H.G. Wells published "The War of the Worlds", one recurring image has occupied the heart of the alien invasion tale: that of a crowd fleeing in panic as a terrifying alien device unleashes its explosive rays. No matter how sophisticated the image has grown, whatever the hyperrealism of its latest manifestation, the tradition remains essentially untouched.

The fears of that initial generation who fantasized about alien invasions were not too far from the notion of an actual world war. Military conflicts and political tensions established the very reasonable dread of a sudden apocalypse. After all, a bombardment or nuclear disaster could arrive - just as a flying saucer fleet could darken your city's skies - in seconds. Today, our fascination with this kind of story is still close to the fear of our lives falling apart, but instead of families building bomb shelters in our gardens, we live with the terror of a sudden tragedy once and again through our televisions and computer screens. While perhaps a safer proximity, it nonetheless doesn't free us of confusion, or from a feeling of insignificance that makes you shrug your shoulders instead of wanting to save the world.

My main purpose in writing "Extraterrestrial" was to describe the periphery of an alien invasion. My characters witness the arrival of a huge UFO from the balcony of a flat in central Madrid. But once the fear has vanished, they find themselves unable to react - they haven't got the slightest idea what to do. The misinformation surrounding them is so great that it leaves room for a simple, sad love story to be born in the space of a few days.

In my previous film "Timecrimes", the main character was essentially a puppet subjected to the tyranny of the plot; with "Extraterrestrial" I've tended towards the other extreme, and allowed the characters to carry the story, leaving little room for external meddling. I also felt the desire to return to the genre of my first short films: comedy enacted in an intimate environment. The truth is, the explosions are there, but none of them launched from as high as those in "The War of the Worlds".

-- Nacho Vigalondo