Maybe it's just my limited knowledge of European filmmakers, but their take on science fiction seems to be more influenced by Stanley Kubrick than George Lucas. Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odysseyexcited a lot of Americans, of course, but how many dreamy, tripped-out speculations on the future of man came about as a result? Instead, every boy and his toy who saw Star Wars couldn't wait to make their own version. Lucas' future was retro: he updated the old fashioned space opera sagas that were popular from the 1930's to the 1950's, interjected a little 'heroic journey' Joseph Campbell mythology and wham! A billion dollars later, American filmmakers are still trying to hijack his formula for success.

In contrast, Kubrick collaborated with an actual futurist, Arthur C. Clarke, and tried to imagine more fundamental changes for the future of mankind. Maybe that's the vibe that's causing people to check out Danny Boyle's Sunshine. That's what I was thinking about when I read the synopsis for the forthcoming Austrian film Yoon,described as belonging to the science fiction genre, but with no mention of space travel or cool futuristic cityscapes. Rather, "the film tells the story of Hannah, a young woman who lives in an autonomous machine for living. When Hannah moves onto a higher floor, strange things start to happen. Why's she being watched? Is Hannah's lover, Detective Hauks, conspiring against her? And why did Yoon, the woman who lived in Hannah's apartment before her, jump out of the window?" Further described as "a thriller, love story and parable for 21st century society," I'm hoping that Yoon will use this premise as a basis for more wide-ranging speculations. Written and directed by Christian Frosch,Yoon stars Brigitte Hobmeier,Johanna Wokalek (the two actresses are pictured in a behind the scenes shot), Martin Wuttke, and Xaver Hutter; it's due for release this fall.
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