When disease nearly wipes out the human race, a telepathic teenage girl named Astraea believes her visions confirm that survivors are living in Northern Canada. She leads her doubting brother on a five-thousand-mile journey, through a silent America, and into the snowbound wilderness, hoping to re-build life as she knew it.
As they head North, her clairvoyance intensifies and they encounter another couple homesteading on a remote lake in Maine. The grief and complexity—as well as the excitement and comfort—of communal living pits itself against Astraea’s desire to keep moving and find her family.
As part of its Orbiter Year-Round Series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to present the Austin premiere of ASTRAEA on July 21 (9:00pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Director Kristjan Thor will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.
Winner of Cinequest Film Festival’s New Visions Award, Maine International Film Festival’s Audience Award, and Dances With Films’ Grand Jury Honorable Mention, Astraea is a post-apocalyptic film that finally shows not what humanity is running from, but what we’re running toward.
“I love SciFi films like ASTRAEA,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director, “because really they are just about how hard it is to relate to other people, and find a way for everyone to achieve happiness, they just happen to be doing it against the backdrop of an extinction level event of a virus that has wiped out 99.9% of the world’s population. ASTRAEA has a lot to say about the way we communicate and connect to people, and maybe a lot of the modern conveniences we have gets in the way of that.”