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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 09.23.15] post apocalyptic thriller drama

If you haven't already heard of this adaptation of Manuel de Pedrolo's 1974 alien apocalypse novel, "Second Origin Typescript" (Mecanoscrit del segon origen), shame on you, because we've been writing about the film since 2009. There, now that you've been sufficiently scolded, we can get on with some background.

"Second Origin Typescript" is one of bestselling Catalan novels ever and is considered something of a masterpiece. The movie adaptation, called simply Second Origin, has obviously taken years to come to life and is directed by Carles Porta and was co-written by Bigas Luna and Ross Jameson.

A white girl Alba (14) and a black boy Didac (9), are the only survivors on the Earth after they accidentally survive an alien holocaust that eradicates all life on the planet.

As Alba and Dídac bravely recover from the catastrophe, they not only insist on living in a post-apocalyptic world, inhabited by myriads of corpses and deranged, psychotic survivors, but they also take up the mission of preserving human culture and repopulating the Earth. They must start a new world. A "Second Origin." There are only two survivors. Now, our future depends on them.

The film stars Rachel Hurd-Wood and Sergi López.

No word on the film's release, but it will be hitting the festival circuit starting with Stiges 2015

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zombieja (6 years ago) Reply

Nice! Been looking forward to this since, well, 2009. Now if someone would just translate the book, as well.


Captharlock99 (6 years ago) Reply

Interesting, but looks like more of the usual P.C./Revisionist/Social Engineering masquerading as Sci-Fi that we have seen of late these days. Would have to read the 1974 book before committing to see this


donc48 (6 years ago) Reply

I saw the trailer on QE when it first came out. It reminds me of The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959) only the subjects where older. Black man white woman white guy shows up, more conflict. It was pretty cutting edge for the time, now it's just a different spin on a old subject matter. Another movie like this came out a couple of years ago. I can't recall the name. I don't plan on seeing this the 1959 flick was enough for me.


robin (6 years ago) Reply

There are indeed several films with exactly the same plot arc, though "The World, The Flesh and the Devil", based on the classic M.P. Shiel novel, is my favourite.


Tom (6 years ago) Reply

How is this not like "The Quiet Earth," where there's also two guys left to compete for one girl? Same deal?


zombieja (4 years ago) Reply

Not that anyone will probably ever see this comment, but the book was finally translated to English and released through Wesleyan University Press a couple months ago. Available in HB or SB through their site or Amazon.

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