As part of its year-round Premiere 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.
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.
“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.”
Asked by popcornandvodka.com about the origins of the film, Director Kristjan Thor said that he and Writer Ashlin Halfnight both have a deep love of ScFi and post-apocalyptic narratives, but were feeling that rich, humanistic, character-driven narratives (the kind they seek out as viewers) were underrepresented in those genres.
“There was also a really strong passion for the conceptual blend of a teenage coming-of-age story,” says Thor, “but set against the backdrop of the apocalypse. The film takes place in an empty world, where Astraea’s peer group is totally unique and very intimate, and she as a character is developing these odd, visionary abilities… you can also view it as something of a metaphor for the experience of being a teenager in general.”
“The myth was also a touchstone – Astraea is a Greek god who is the last to abandon the selfish, violent, human race before ascending to the heavens… but with a promise to return.”
“Thor crafts ASTRAEA as an eerily resonant piece of speculative fiction sustained by a consistently elegiac tone and realistic performances, rather than grandiose narrative devices or intrusive special effects.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“With phenomenal performances across the board, ASTRAEA succeeds flawlessly in the department in which it relies most heavily: the acting.” – Cinema Slasher
“ASTRAEA is frightening on an intellectual level; a movie that becomes creepier and creepier the more you allow it to fester.” -- Cinema Slasher
“Where ASTRAEA really succeeds, where many films of its nature fall apart, is in Thor’s crafting of an honest depiction of life after an earth-shattering event…” – Way too Indie
“Rarely will you find a cast list that is as solid from top to bottom as the one in ASTRAEA.” – Way too Indie
“ASTRAEA provides a more honest and emotionally taxing look at the psyche of those struggling to survive the apocalypse than The Walking Dead has in five seasons.” – Way too Indie
Interviews and screener available upon request.
Nerea Duhart as Astraea
Scotty Crowe as Matthew
Dan O’Brien as James
Jessica Cummings as Callie
About Other Worlds Austin
Other Worlds Austin is one of the premiere SciFi film festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the ‘Geek Capital of the World.’
With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.
About Flix Brewhouse
In addition to its flagship location in Round Rock, TX, Flix Brewhouse operates in Des Moines, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana, with more locations coming. The Flix Mix lobby bar and cafe is open seven days a week to the public, no ticket required, so you can come in and grab a bite to eat or have a locally brewed beer anytime!