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ZENITH- science fiction/underground/­cult/retro-futuristi­c steam-punk thriller

TIME CHANGE: The film will be showing only at 10 PM, so I changed the start time for the Meetup to 9:45 PM. If that affects your interest in attending (or ability to go), please adjust your RSVP accordingly. ZENITH is all of the things noted in the event title above- and yet it's also even more, according to the site of its US distributor, Cinema Purgatorio. Among other things, ZENITH is "a lost object from the future", "the film they don't want you to see", "a fictional recreation of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority experiment", and a film "about two men in two time periods, whose search for the same grand conspiracy leads them to question their own humanity". Sounds like it could be an interesting mix- and there are some excellent review quotes on the same site: “A post-apocalyptic, paranoid, Baroque fantasy, Zenith is set in a future in which geneticists have eradicated unhappiness, giving rise to a black market in pain-inducing drugs…A visually stunning art-house Blade Runner for a generation in thrall to sex, violence, conspiracy, and urban tribalism, the film fits its ‘retro-futuristic steampunk thriller’ tag-line perfectly.” - Flavorwire “a brooding science-fiction trip…Nikolic’s lust for paranoid desperation is powerful, and his way with actors is stunningly graceful.” - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice “a trippy, frontal-lobe screwer that plays like the illegitimate spawn of Memento and 12 Monkeys… highly imaginative … slick visuals.” - Rod Lott, Oklahoma Gazette ZENITH doesn't have any ratings from critics on either Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic- or at least that was the case in late December. But 20 "Audience" members rated ZENITH on RT, and- again, as of late December- the average rating was 4.5 out of 5. Peter Scanavino, Jason Robards III, and Ana Asensio head the cast of this film (or at least they're top-billed on its poster); David Thornton, Jay O. Sanders, Didier Flamand, the improbably-named Raynor Scheine, and Zohra Lampert are also in the cast. Vladan Nikolic (a new name to me) wrote and directed. So come on out to the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis for what sounds like some intellectual science-fiction and bizarro thrills. When the show times are posted, I'll adjust the start time for the meetup, if need be. (And this is all assuming that ZENITH actually makes it to the Georgetown 14. January 21 is the start date on Cinema Purgatorio's site as of now; I'll update the meetup information if that changes.) For more information:

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  • sheri

    I'm not up for a movie that doesn't start til 10:00 pm. Yeah, I'm a wimp. So unless I hear otherwise on the time, I'll be a no... but I'm leaving my RSVP, so I'll be included in the emails, just in case of a time update...

    January 18, 2011

  • mike m.

    My understanding of the term is imperfect, so I'll let Wikipedia do its thing:

    December 26, 2010

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