Future Gate showcases sci-fi films

Two directors plus Red Dwarf’s Norman Lovett will attend events

Future Gate 2019, a festival of science fiction films, will take place Feb. 27 to March 3 in and around Prague’s kino Lucerna. Along with films, there will be guests, workshops, exhibitions and a concert. Most films will be English-friendly.

The previously announced main guest of the festival will be Norman Lovett from the TV series Red Dwarf. He will introduce episodes of the series as well as the film Evil Aliens and perform a stand-up comedy show.

The theme of this year’s festival is “the world is not a toy,” and not only in the environmental sense but in all ways that humans have an impact.

“We are very pleased that four foreign guests have been invited to this festival this year.

In addition to main star Norman Lovett, whom fans know as Holly from the Red Dwarf, we welcome Balazz Lengyel, director of the opening film Lajko: Gypsy in the Universe, Lazar Bodroga, the director of the Serbian ‘Blade Runner’ [A.I. Rising] and storyboardist Kurt van der Basch,” festival organizer Filip Schauer said. Kurt van der Basch worked on two recent Star Wars films, Jurassic World 2: Fallen Empire, and films going back to Blade II. He will lead a workshop on storyboarding.

Balazz Lengyel and Lazar Bodroga will introduce their respective films.
The opening film is Lajko – Gypsy in Space (Lajko: Cigán ve vesmíru / Lajko: Cigány az ürben), a Hungarian film comedy set in the early 1960s in the Soviet Union. It is the untold story of the people who secretly went into space before Yuri Gagarin had the official first flight.

A.I. Rising (Ederlezi Rising) features a human and an android on a multiyear mission to a nearby star system. But the android may be more than just a companion to help spend the time.

The new Canadian film Freaks, not to be confused with the 1932 horror film of the same name, has a 7-year-old girl who is told it is not safe to leave her home. She follows an ice cream seller on a trip and finds out why. Bruce Dern and Emile Hirsch appear in the cast.
The final new film is Prospect (Prospektor), about a man and his teenage daughter facing danger while searching for valuable gems on a distant moon. The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival, stresses characters over special effects.

Classic films include the 1997 genetic engineering drama Gattaca, the original 1954 Godzilla (Gojira), in Japanese with only Czech subtitles, and the 2001 animated film Cowboy Bebop (Kovboj Bebop: Lovec odměn / Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira).
There are two documentaries in English, Do You Trust This Computer (Věříte svému počítači?) and The Farthest (Voyager: Nejzazší hranice), and a program of shorts.

The accompanying program has events for both children and adults. Three exhibitions will be in Galerie Lucerna, and others will be in the Lucerna Cafe and passage spaces.

Workshops ranging from topic on drones to building satellites and a pub quiz will also be in Galerie Lucerna.

A concert by the Prague Film Orchestra will take place March 3 at kino Lucerna, with music from Apollo 13, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many other films.

For more information visit futuregate.cz/en or www.facebook.com/events

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