Crumbs, the first Ethiopian dystopian science fiction film?
Set to an eerie metallic and dissonant soundtrack, the trailer for Crumbs opens with an empty bowling alley, a young woman (Selam Tesfay) watches and listens as a seemingly unmanned machine suddenly whirs into life and spits out a bowling ball.
A post apocalyptic surreal love story in Ethiopia, Crumbs follows ‘our figurine sized superman hero [as he] embarks on an epic surreal journey that will take him across the Ethiopian post apocalyptic landscape in search of a way to get on the hovering spacecraft that for years has become a landmark in the skies.’
As the trailer continues, Birdy and Candy confront the beautiful dystopian Ethiopian landscape all framed and photographed beautifully by Llansó and Israel Seoane. The unfamiliar terrain is dotted with eclectic characters: a masked man on horseback; a man dressed as a mouse wearing a Nazi armband and a black Santa Claus.
Directed by Miguel Llansó, a Spanish director, and starring actors Daniel Tadesse and Selam Tesfaye, Crumbs has been described as the first Ethiopian dystopian science fiction film and already the trailer teases a highly imaginative afro-futurism ‘feature’ (the film is only sixty-eight minutes long) that as Neil Blomkamp with South Africa in District 9, feels like a surreal imagining of the Ethiopian landscape.
And though this beautiful post-apocalyptic nightmare may never reach British screens, it’s worth taking a look at the stunning trailer.