Is Upside Down's inverted romance the next great scifi love story?S

We're getting lovesick looking for more details on Juan Solanas' scifi romance Upside Down. Not only will it star the heart-flutter-inducing Jim Sturgess, but Solanas put the brilliant Watchmen designer Alex McDowell in charge of his trippy inverted worlds.



Upside Down takes place in two worlds that are literally on top each other, each city with their own gravity system. Sadly, the citizens of each town can not visit the other, for unknown reasons. Jim Sturgess plays the main character Adam, who falls in love with a girl from the upside down world Eve, played by Kirsten Dunst. And like any good lovelorn hero, he's not going to let a little thing like gravity get in the way of his heart's desire.

The first thing Upside Down has going for it is the director and writer, Juan Solanas. We've been curiously watching his films for many years, and included a favorite below, The Man Without A Head. Take a look at the dingy futuristic city he's created. There's no question that his vision for Upside Down, has the potential to be visually stunning.

Second, Alex McDowell, who worked on Watchmen, The Crow, Fear and Loathing, Fight Club, and The Minority Report to name a few, is the production designer for this feature. Brilliant.

Michelle McGahey from Dark City and The Matrix is the Supervising Art Director. And finally Jim Sturgess will presumably doing what he does best, portraying a man in love. I'm on the fence about Dunst, but Sturgess has proved time and time again that he can pull off the saddened lover from a far.

The film is currently in post-production, and has a release date of May 2011.

Synopsis:

Look up towards the sky and rub your eyes because you won't believe what you see: cities, forests, and oceans with their own inverted gravity, only an arm's length away, yet completely unreachable. Take a leap over to this alternate reality, two worlds – one above, one below‐ facing each other, and you'll land in the extraordinary world of Upside Down, the new ground‐breaking film of Juan Solanas, the director of the innovative Cannes and César‐prized short film The Man Without A Head and heartbreaking 2005 Cannes film Nordeste.

Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach… a girl named Eve. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown‐up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back… Not even the law or science!

All we've seen thus far is this poster, but here's a clip from Solanas' L'homme Sans Tête, The Man Without a Head, to give you a taste of what this director is capable of.

[via Quiet Earth and Jim Sturgess online]

Pacific Rim

Legendary Pictures purchased a new monster-stuffed screenplay from Travis Breacham titled Pacific Rim. The information on this project is scarce but First Showing has the synopsis:

Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.

Consider our interest perked, but we'll need more to go on because once upon a time we were also "interested" in Mutant Chronicles.


The New York Asian Film Festival

Big, big news. The New York Asian Film Festival has released their film slate, and we've rounded up the films you can not miss...because they're rarely screened! Many of these films we've been covering in cult for months, so now's your chance to see the Nazi controlled monster from the deep, Kappa, in the flesh East Coasters. The festival runs from June 25 to ­ July 8. Do not miss this event.

Death Kappa

NYAFF Synopsis:

the Kappa is a delightful Japanese folk monster that's cute as a biscuit...until Nazis cause it to grow to enormous size and go on a kill crazy rampage! A pitch perfect recreation of the 80's,
direct-to-VHS monster movie.

Mutant Girls Squad

If you only see one film at NYAFF, this is the one to see. Directors Yoshihiro Nishimura and Noboru Iguchi will both be at the screenings and the Tokyo Gore Police crowd is, by far, the best group of insane blood-hungry animals we've ever sat with. We love them all.

From NYAFF:

At last year's NYAFF, directors Tak Sakaguchi (BE A MAN! SAMURAI SCHOOL), Yoshihiro Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE) and Noboru Iguchi (ROBOGEISHA) got drunk and vowed to make a movie together. Now they have, and this twisted take on the X-Men is here to upset pretty much everyone.

Alien Vs. Ninja

NYAFF Synopsis:

Once upon a time in Japan, there was a band of great Ninja warriors led by Yamata called Iga Ninja. One day they witness a flash in the sky and a roaring giant ball of fire crashes into the distant forest. The warriors rush into the deep woods in an attempt to identify the mysterious fireball. There, instead of finding predictable enemies, they are stunned to face never-seen-before creatures with claws and fangs, the aliens! The hungry brutal aliens start to savage and feast on the Ninja warriors, leaving only a few to survive. Yamata and his warriors swear to avenge their comrades deaths and risk their lives to challenge the aliens. However, none of the Ninja weapons, neither their swords nor their throwing stars, has any affect on the alien warriors.

Doman Seman

NYAFF Synopsis:

Go Shibata (LATE BLOOMER) has made a rocking thrash anthem about pretty boys bashing the homeless, occult conspiracies, mental emissions, magic mushrooms and massive zombie attacks. Like a Richard Lester film transformed into a magikal ritual to stave off the apocalypse, it'll kick down your doors of perception like a psychedelic SWAT team.

Short

Nuit Blanche

And now the weekly short. I like to think that this short film from Arev Manoukian is how superheroes fantasize about meeting breaking their covers in public to attract the opposite sex.

Synopsis:

Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.

[via Strangities]