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THEATRICAL LISTINGS For Bertrand Mandico’s Queer Sci-Fi Fantasy Film “AFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE)”

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Events

In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed female inhabited planet called After Blue, a lonely teenager named Roxy unknowingly releases a mystical, dangerous, and sensual assassin from her prison. Roxy and her mother Zora (Elina Löwensohn) are held accountable, banished from their community, and forced to track the murderer named Kate Bush down. Haunted by the spirits of her murdered friends, Roxy starts a long journey pacing the supernatural territories of this filthy paradise. Welcome to AFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE).

The newest vision from Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys) plays like a lesbian El Topo (in space!) with stunning 35mm in-camera practical effects, otherworldly set pieces, and a dazzling score by Pierre Desprats. Says Leonardo Goi of The Film Stage, “AFTER BLUE is suffused in a feverish ecstasy, that wild excitement that comes from watching one world crumble and another jutting into being from scratch, a vision of a clean slate in which everything—and everyone—can be reinvented, and every norm challenged.” Find a screening near you next month in our theatrical listings below. 

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Locarno, TIFF Midnight Madness, Fantastic Fest, Sitges Film Festival

AWARDS: Fantastic Fest — Jury Award, Best Fantastic Feature, Locarno — FIPRESCI Prize, Sitges Film Festival — José Luis Guarner Critic’s Award, Best Film & Special Prize of the Jury, Secció Oficial Fantàstic


6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Los Angeles (L.A., CA)
6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan (New York, NY)
6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema New Mission (San Francisco CA)
6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar (Austin, TX)
6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake (Denver, CO)
6/3 — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh (Raleigh, NC)
6/3 — Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle, WA)
6/3 — Sie FilmCenter (Denver, CO)
6/4 — Nitehawk Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)
6/10 — Gateway Film Center (Columbus, OH)
6/10 — Cinemapolis (Ithaca, NY)
6/10 — Suns Cinema (Washington D.C.)
6/10 — The Dreamland Cinema (Sacramento, CA)
6/11 — Alamo Drafthouse Winchester (Winchester, VA)
6/11 — Stray Cat Film Center (Kansas City, MO)
6/15 — Belcourt Theatre (Nashville, TN)
6/17 — Metro Cinema (Edmonton, AB)
6/17 — Plaza Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
6/17 — Space Gallery (Portland, ME)
6/17 — Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe, NM)
6/24 — Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA)
7/15 — Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR)


Grace Detwiler
Rue Morgue's Online Assistant Editor - Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist and law student. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.