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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.15.17] Russia scifi

Russian director Nikita Argunov is making a big splash with his feature film debut Koma.

Written and directed by Argunov, whose previous credits include visual effects work on Mongol and creative producer on Guardians (trailer), the story, from what I can piece together from some bad translations, centers on an architect who has an accident, goes into a coma and eventually wakes up only to discover he's actually not really awake but that he's awaken into Koma, a world that is only partially similar to the "real" world but which is actually pieced together from memories of people who are in deep comas.

The voiceover in the first trailer provides a tiny glimpse at the rules of this universe but what's really impressive are the visuals. Admittedly it feels more like a cut scene from a video game than a trailer and it may turn out to be nothing more than pretty pictures but at this early stage, they have my attention.

Koma is currently in production and is scheduled for release in Russia on January 25, 2018. Considering that Russian films generally don't manage to open theatrically in North America, at this point the most we can hope for is some sort of eventual VOD release.

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Tensen01 (2 years ago) Reply

Didn't we see this last year?

Also it's pretty obvious that those scenes were shot strictly for a trailer and are not actually scenes from a movie. So while the visuals are impressive I'll wait until there's an actual movie.

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