Swedish Film Festival Invites Brave Viewers to Watch 'Most Claustrophobic' Sci-Fi Film In a Coffin
Watching horror movies in a graveyard has become a trendy thing in cities around the world, but for some thrill-seekers, that's just not edgy enough. A film festival in Sweden has a gimmick that may be too much for even the most hardcore genre fans, as it involves lying in a specially-made coffin while watching space-based science fiction for nearly two hours.
Now in its 40th year, the Sweden's Göteborg Film Festival will be screening the film Aniara later this month in a venue that festival organizers are calling the "world's most claustrophobic cinema." The film is an adaptation of a poem by Henry Martinson and centers around a crew of "climate refugees" aboard a spacecraft leaving Earth. The craft is struck by an asteroid and knocked off course, which leaves its human cargo stranded, cold, and afraid, with no chance at survival. Some lucky festival attendees will get to watch the new film inside vessels of their own which is sure to heighten the experience. "Become a part of the exclusive group who will get a chance to lie comfortably in a custom-made sarcophagus," reads the copy on the festival's website. "Completely isolated from the outside world you will experience the doom, a challenging experience that deepens the feeling of being alone in space that characterizes Aniara."
In addition to sharing the trailer for the film, the festival produced a trailer that introduces the coffin screening rooms and gives bold sci-fi fans a glimpse at what they can expect. This is obviously not for the faint-hearted or for anyone with recurring nightmares of being buried alive. As far as we know, the coffins are not physically lowered into graves at any point during the screening, but that's a free suggestion for anyone reading this who wants to one-up what's happening in Sweden at their own festival. If you're brave enough and want to get in on this, head to the Göteborg Film Festival website for more information.