Crumbs: award-winning African sci-fi film now online
24 November 2016
Bypassing the traditional route of commercial cinema and DVD releases, the
acclaimed Afrocentric sci-fi film, Crumbs, is now available to watch
online on Vimeo, following two years of building its reputation on the international
film festival circuit as one of the most innovative and entertaining independent films
of the last two years.
Watch the Crumbs trailer:
Directed by Spanish-born, Addis Adaba-based filmmaker Miguel Llansó,
Crumbs blends an apocalyptic science fiction narrative with a touching
love story, incorporating visual elements of Afro-futurism, surreal Romanticism and
Western pop culture touchstones.
The film tells the story of Gagano (Daniel Tadesse) and Birdy (Selam Tesfaye)
and their journey of exploration (both physical and metaphorical) deep into a
dystopian wasteland. Along the way, the pair tackles witchcraft, aliens, Nazis and,
most bizarrely, Father Christmas, all building towards an epic confrontation between
forces of good and evil.
The 70-minute, low-budget production, completed in 2015, earned a Nightfall
Jury mention at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the New Flesh Award for Best
First Feature Film at Montreal's annual Fantasia International Film Festival. It has
been shown at various festivals across Europe, Africa and the US.
Crumbs was "stunningly shot", according to the New York
Times, whose critic admired the film's lo-fi charm and quirky humour.
Highlighting its outlandish and imaginative style, the Hollywood
Reporter compared Crumbs to films such as District
9 and ET, saying it did more with its meagre resources – it had
a budget of
less than $250,000 (R3.5-million) – than most Hollywood blockbusters
could do with multimillion-dollar budgets.
Its growing reputation among sci-fi geeks and cult movie fans, thanks in part to
an engaging organic social media campaign by producers, has built up considerable
word-of-mouth buzz around the film, to the point where the time is
right to give
Crumbs a wider release using the power of the internet.
Crumbs is now available to stream and download for less than
$10 on Vimeo. For something more permanent, fans can also order it on DVD
featuring behind the scenes action as well as two additional short films by director
Watch the opening scene of Crumbs below:Source: OkayAfricaSouthAfrica.info reporter