• Film

Low-Flying Aircraft


Time Out says

More of an extrapolation than a straight adaptation, Swedish director Nordlund's film of JG Ballard's 1975 short story fleshes out and feminises a dystopian vision. In a near-future world headed for extinction, because most children are being born sightless mutants, a young professional couple hide out in a seaside hotel, in the desperate hope that the wife's seventh (illegal) pregnancy will produce a healthy baby. Nordlund's sympathetic but never slavish vision blends with Acácio de Almeida's moody, digitally enhanced photography to create a Ballardian world where composition, framing and distorted colours evoke psychological states as much as concrete reality. A world where phosphorescent vapour trails from the aviator-doctor's plane hint at a possible alternative future. Films of Ballard's Super-Cannes and Cocaine Nights are promised, but until then, this is a must for the author's fans.

Release Details

  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Solveig Nordlund
  • Screenwriter:Solveig Nordlund, Colin Tucker, Jeanne Waltz
  • Cast:
    • Margarida Marinho
    • Miguel Guilherme
    • Rui Morrison
    • Rita So
    • Canto e Castro
    • Ismael Lourenço
    • Sheila Buchanan
    • María Duarte Pereira
    • Fernanda Duarte
    • José Pinto
    • Isabel de Castro
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