Other Worlds Film Festival is thrilled to announce the Texas premiere of the Chinese SciFi drama LAST SUNRISE. This special screening will take place on Wednesday, July 24 (7:30pm) at Galaxy Highland 10 Theatre. Director Wen Ren will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the film.
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LAST SUNRISE, which won the Best Film Award at Fantasporto and was featured at Cinequest and Dances with Films, deftly takes on topical and timeless subjects, while spinning a compelling personal story. In the film, a future reliant on solar energy falls into chaos after the sun disappears, forcing a reclusive astronomer and his bubbly neighbor out of the city in search of light in the perpetual darkness.
Ren presents a visually and emotionally beautiful story that touches on the future of capitalism, environmentalism, technology, and physics itself without beating us over the head. The post-apocalyptic setting magnifies issues of class distinction, casual morality, and unintended consequences, but it never over-shadows the burgeoning relationship at its core.
“LAST SUNRISE is a perfect example of the global growth of SciFi film,” says Bears Rebecca Fonté, OW Founder and Artistic Director. “With a uniquely Chinese perspective, Wen Ren’s film captures the danger of state-adoption of a seemingly miracle technology for the benefit of the people when corporations have not done the required due diligence. But mostly it’s a human story, of people living next to each other for years, but only coming together as the world faces apocalypse.”
Both ambitious and intimate, LAST SUNRISE is the kind of film that Other Worlds was created for. Shot in 14 days with a “reasonable” SciFi budget (less than $250K), it leaves a lasting impression and, more importantly, generates thoughtful conversations.
In the future, instead of a red giant expansion, the sun mysteriously disappears. A solar reliant civilization is plagued by apocalyptic consequences. In a failing electric car, Yang, a reclusive astronomer, and Mu, his bubbly neighbor, escape the warm and comfortable lifestyle of District One. Temperature goes subzero in District Two, a ghost city with standstill windmills. Oxygen depletes in District Three, as they grapple with a gang of brainwashed coal miners. The only hope for the neighbors is that a miracle awaits them at their final destination, District Four. Akin to the now orphan planet earth, Yang and Mu gravitate forward, in search of light in the perpetual darkness.
About Wen Ren (writer/director/editor):
Ren is a Chinese-American director who started making films at the age of 13. He graduated from Los Angeles Film School. His short sci-fi film CAFÉ GLASS premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. LAST SUNRISE is Ren’s first feature film. Ren, who has been placed in IMDB’s top 60 Asian American Directors, is repped by CAA.
About Elly Li (co-producer/co-writer):
Li is a Chinese-American producer and writer. She graduated from Fudan University and received her master’s degree from USC. Before producing LAST SUNRISE, Li worked for Legendary Pictures on Zhang Yimou’s co-production film THE GREAT WALL (2016) and Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT (2016).