Elysium means paradise but only for a few chosen ones. In the eponymous 2013 film by Neill Blomkamp, it’s a name of a space station where the richest have taken refuge so they didn’t have to suffer on the plundered Earth. The year is 2154 and the poor have nothing to lose and so they, under the leadership of labourer Max (Matt Damon), decide to make technological luxuries accessible to all. Elysium is a dystopian social drama thematizing inequality or immigration – motives that have been appearing in sci-fi since Metropolis. At the same time, it’s a visually attractive sci-fi thriller, which hasn’t lost any of its urgency since the release.
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Michael Shanks, Carly Pope, Talisa Soto, Sharlto Copley
English with Czech subtitles
17.09.21:00 / Prague / Lucerna / Main room