From the X Files Dept: New Wave of Spanish-Language Sci-Fi Films Take On Alien Incursions


Extraterrestre is directed by Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, who previously directed Timecrimes and is apparently still in production. Here's the official synopsis from IMDb: Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met? 

The Spanish writer-director, who made 2007’s time-travel mind-melter Timecrimes, cites Philip K. Dick’s Ubik as inspiration for the film probing the question: “What if the apocalypse, instead of being a global blow, is a terminal accumulation of domestic disasters?”

Another flick of the genre, Seres: Genesis, centered on a little girl (played by Luisa Guerrero) who pays a high price after surviving a collision with an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Distributed by 24 frames, writer-director Angel Mario Huerta’s movie opened in Mexico last weekend and heads for U.S. theaters next year.

Seres: Genesis is the first installment of a planned trilogy based on the Spanish-language graphic novel series Seres: Genesis from Mexican publisher Huma Comics. (The books are slated for English-language publication in October.) Seres: Genesis will be followed by sequels subtitled Evolution and Extinction. 24 frames’ director of development Jesús di Sica touted a sequence involving alien possession as “one of the creepiest and most memorable moments in recent sci-fi movie history” in a press release about the upcoming film.

The movie, by British director Gareth Edwards, enlists a supporting cast of amateur Mexican actors to tell the story of two Americans crossing through an “infected zone” on their way to the U.S. border.

Seres: Genesis opens in the United States in 2011.


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Images courtesy 24 frames


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