“Crumbs” very nearly slipped beneath my radar, which would’ve been a travesty, if this chilling and cryptic trailer is any indication.
Billed as both “an Ethiopian post-apocalyptic surreal sci-fi feature-length film” and a “love story,” it’s the brainchild of Miguel Llansó, Spanish filmmaker who lives in Addis Ababa. The trailer is downright Lynchian — never mind the violent Santa, who’s the guy in the Nazi uniform? — and goes a long way to establish the film’s off-kilter tone, if not necessarily the plot, which involves alien visitors, a couple of scrap collectors and, well, not-so-jolly ol’ Saint Nick.
“Crumbs” premiered last month at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and has secured digital distribution in the United States through IndiePix. Watch the trailer below.
Decades after the apocalypse and after extraterrestrial life had been discovered the few inhabitants left in a hostile earth have struggled to survive by squatting and rummaging to make ends meet. For many years an alien spaceship has hovered in the skies, undisturbed and dormant, slowly rusting away. Tired of picking up the crumbs of gone-by civilizations, Gagano dreams his life away when not living in a state of perpetual fear. When the spaceship in the sky begins to turn on and after a series of freak incidents in the bowling alley that Gagano and Selam call home, our miniature sized hero will be forced to embark on a surreal epic journey that will lead him through the post apocalyptic Ethiopian landscape. As he confronts himself, his fears as well as witches, Santa Claus and second generation Nazis he will find himself only to discover that the memories that brought him on his journey and that he always thought he had were not really as he had been recalling them.
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