Review – It’s all entertainment?
By Umut Hanioğlu
The 10-day festival finally came to an end Saturday October 2nd. This year attendances peaked as the Premiere night movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Luc Besson’s fantastic vision of early 20th-century Paris, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, sold out completely.
People of all ages were to be seen lining up for the screenings, meaning the fantasy and science fiction genres (mixed with horror, etc.) did not only appeal to teenagers and/or young adults.
The wide array of films covering such subjects as medieval warriors, zombies in the city of London, Romanian vampires and robot geishas shows the potential for creativity and wealth of ideas for these genres.
Yet somehow it feels as if the films that screened were made only to entertain people, which is fine, but with no other purpose.The origins of science fiction and fantasy are found in political utopias and alternative universes that offer a different take on how life could be on Earth or beyond. Science fiction and fantasy writers were usually critical of their governments or the prevalent economic systems (obvious examples are 1984, by George Orwell, and Us, by Soviet writer Zamyetin).
Therefore, I would have liked to see more films that gave you something to think about (like Blade Runner) or were more or less relevant to modern life today and in the possible future (a film on scientific expeditions to Mars, and the possibility of settling on another planet in the distant future when the resources on Earth are exhausted would be interesting).
On the other hand, nowadays fantasy is utilised for taking one’s mind off life’s problems, and that goal has been fulfilled by our festival.