Sci-fi short Atropa is a ten-minute love-letter to Alien and ’80s spaceships

Atropa is director Eli Sasich’s love-letter to gritty, gunmetal-colored sci-fi movies of the ’80s. The ten-minute short, a concept piece for potential feature film, tells the story of a security officer chasing the titular Atropa as it tears across the galaxy. Something strange is afoot —  the research vessel isn’t where it should be, and the ship’s denizens, woken from cryosleep by the pursuing protagonist, have the wrong date on their calendars. Things only get weirder when the ship, floating in deep space, is involved in a collision.

Sasich’s concept short raises a lot of questions, but with a ten-minute running time, has no space to answer them. But it works so well as a proof of tone — successfully capturing the essence of movies…

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