The theme of this year’s Retrospective section is near and dear to my heart: Science Fiction. Some of the most original, daring, and visually stunning films of the genre were showcased this year. From Luc Besson’s bizarre The Fifth Element to an early rare classic Himmelskibet from 1918, science fiction films from all eras and from around the world were shown at the festival. This year, the section went all out, pairing with the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen’s exhibition “Things to Come.” The exhibition displayed a variety of conceptual artwork, props, costumes, and film clips from several influential science fiction films. This was also the first year that the section’s companion book was released only in English.
The films chosen this year were an interesting mix and included pictures that are traditional science fiction with aliens and space travel along with that of Futurism such as a The Tunnel (1933) which was about the construction of a tunnel from Europe to America. A particular highlight was watching the opening film Eolomea (1972) in the Kino International, the location where it originally premiered. The interior of the cinema perfectly complimented the style of the film. As always, the Retrospective section is always a wonderful opportunity to see a wide range of films that are not necessarily commonly shown and 2017 certainly wasn’t a disappointment. Here’s hoping next year is equally as entertaining!