"They came to destroy our world. But we will destroy it first." After watching the bizarre, wacky, lovable teaser trailer for Argentine filmmaker Tetsuo Lumiere's Quest for the Power Sphere (Buscando la Esfera del Poder), I must conclude that it's the first alien invasion movie I've seen in which the extraterrestrials arrive in spaceships that resemble teacups.
Lumiere has many made short films. His first feature was titled TL1: My Kingdom for a Flying Saucer, which should provide a clue as to his sensibilities; he also made a sequel, TL2: Happiness is an Urban Legend. In between, he made a documentary consisting entirely of images from YouTube, Hotels and Other Temporary Accommodations.
As for Quest for the Power Sphere
, the official synopsis says it's about "princesses and princes, heroes and villains, humans and aliens, are set in a fragile metropolis, always about to succumb to the advance of dark forces." Our own Jaime Grijalba saw the film at Bafici in Buenos Aires earlier this year and reviewed it for his site, Overlook's Corridor
. He wrote in part:
It might've not been the best film I saw in the festival, but I'm sure that I didn't see so much energy, passion and laughter inside a film (and the theatre in which it played) in all the festival of Buenos Aires. ... It's still, not a slow movie, it's surely a long movie, it feels like that, but if it was my decision, I wouldn't cut one frame of it, it's just among those films that are perfect at the moment that they are, and they are at the same time the perfect thing that you need for your animosity. ...
Taking inspiration from genre cinema of all times, periods and countries, specially and most clearly the silent cinema of the 1910 and 20′s, with a particular emphasis on the genre works of that age, particularly the German expressionism and the Russian silent cinema. ... Then there are the more later references, like to the whole kaiju genre when the final battle for the destiny of Earth (or just Buenos Aires, who knows) is in the hands of two giant robots who battle in the midst of buildings. There's a whole aroma of 'do-it-yourself' that makes it charming and wonderful.
Faulty in its technicalities to a point where it becomes a style, the repetition of actors and the long shots of reactions in the city towards the attack of a race of aliens (hey, I didn't put up the plot, because it's better enjoyed/discussed/get confused by it live), but it has some genuine funny and deeply emotional moments, this might not have been the best film of the festival, but if it ever went on the competition, I'm sure it would've got the prize for the audience. Cheers and may this get seen!
It's fun! Watch the trailer below.
* UPDATED 8/8: To clarify the source of Jaime's review and expand the quotation from it.
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