2020 Florida Film Festival Official Selection
One Week Only!
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Russia, 1983—Cold War tensions at their peak. A terrifying scene is discovered at the landing site of spacecraft Orbit-4, leaving the commander as its only survivor. But he has lost his memory from the catastrophic trauma and is unable to shed light on the cause of the accident. In a secluded government facility, under the vigilant watch of armed guards, a controversial psychologist Tatiana Klimova (Oksana Akinshina) must cure the astronaut’s amnesia and unravel the mystery behind the doomed mission. In the process she discovers a horrifying secret: a deadly creature may have come back to Earth with him. With shades of HBO’s austere Soviet-era miniseries Chernobyl, Sputnik is an expansion of director Abramenko’s tense short film “The Passenger,” a dark psychological horror film that will draw easy comparisons to Ridley Scott’s Alien. However, it would do a disservice to take this PTSD-informed tale and simply write off the bloodshed as just another space-monster movie. In Sputnik the monsters are human, and the darkness lies within us all. But most importantly, in government-supervised isolation chambers, there are many scientists with notebooks, just watching and waiting to hear you scream.
Russia, 2020, 113 minutes, Not Rated, In Russian with English subtitles, Directed by Egor Abramenko
“’Sputnik’ hits the bullseye across multiple genres. The science fiction, horror, and action elements are fantastic.”– Julian Roman, MOVIEWEB
“ Magnetic…wipes the floor with many of its Hollywood counterparts.”– Alex Saveliev, FILM THREAT
“This is just as much of a cultural statement as it is edge of your seat sci-fi horror.”– Allen Almachar, THE MACGUFFIN
“One of the most suspenseful science fiction films in years.”– Rebekah McKendry, BLUMHOUSE’S SHOCK WAVES PODCAST
“Excellent, gory, nail-biting.”– Lance Vlcek, JO-BLO’S ARROW IN THE HEAD
“An instant gut-wrenching and cerebral classic that is dark, twisted, and quietly mesmerizing as it builds to its devastating climax.”– Andrea Chase, KILLER MOVIE REVIEWS