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Beyond the Black Rainbow

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Montreal Premiere

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“A wacky, carefully designed, totally inscrutable science fiction puzzle... an intoxicating mindtrip” — Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

”A cutting edge sci-fi/substance horror dream... beautiful and vivid... a pure 100% pharmaceutical grade trip” — John Marrone, BLOODY DISGUSTING


Director: Panos Cosmatos
Screenplay: Panos Cosmatos
Cast: Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry
Producers: Oliver Linsley, Christya Nordstokke
Print Source: Mongrel Media/Metropole



Young Elena has been a prisoner her entire life, her world consisting of just four stark white walls and one single window. And on the other side of that window, Doctor Barry Nyle. Is he Elena’s salvation or her tormenter? Will she ever be free to live a normal life? And what, pray tell, is the exact purpose of the mysterious glowing pyramid at the center of the institute that contains them both?

Born of the pre-teen fantasies of writer-director Panos Cosmatos as he browsed the selection of early 1980s Canadian science fiction and horror VHS tapes that he would never be allowed to rent, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a psychedelic head trip of the highest order. Cosmatos captures the aesthetics of an era effortlessly while fusing those influences into something bold and visionary and entirely his own. The accomplished music video director — he’s done work for the Handsome Furs, among others — plunges the audience into a sort of sensory overload as he fuses elements of Reagan-era paranoia, social engineering run amok and a drug-fuelled step up the evolutionary ladder to create a hypnotic experience that plays out like a Tarkovsky-style science fiction picture as filtered through the visual style of LOGAN’S RUN. Michael Rogers delivers a mesmerizing performance as Barry Nyle, his cold and clinical exterior concealing a layer of obsession and... something else. But as gripping as Rogers is, it’s the world that Cosmatos creates that is the real star, the visuals providing a truly immersive experience matched by the original score, composed by Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt entirely on vintage analog synthesizers. Just let it all wash over you.

—Todd Brown

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