The Future Is Dark and Full of Strange Plants in Vesper

Cinematic apocalypse has a way of turning everything brown. But in Vesper, a new film from Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem appears to have led to the growth of unusual plants—colorful, strange, responsive, eerie in an Annihilation kind of way. And they seem to respond particularly to Vesper (Raffiella Chapman).

Along with Chapman, the film stars the excellent Eddie Marsan (Atomic Blonde), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist), and Richard Brake (The Mandalorian). The summary says simply, “After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her Father, must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.” But Deadline has more details:

Set after the collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem, the film follows Vesper (Chapman), a headstrong 13-year-old girl who uses her survival skills to subsist in the remnants of a strange and dangerous world with her ailing father, Darius (Brake). When Vesper finds a mysterious woman, Camellia (McEwen), alone and disoriented after an aerial crash, she agrees to help find her missing companion in exchange for safe passage to the Citadel – the dark central hub where oligarchs live in comfort thanks to state-of-the-art biotechnology. Vesper soon discovers that her brutal neighbor, Jonas (Marsan), is searching for Camellia, who is harboring a secret which could change all of their lives forever. Forced into a dangerous adventure, Vesper must rely on her wits and bio-hacking abilities to unlock the key to an alternate future.

Though some elements here look familiar, from the drastic divide between haves and have-nots to the rather 100ish tones and structures, it’s still exciting to see a trailer for an original, non-franchise, non-series SFF film. More of these, please!

Vesper is in theaters September 30th.

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