After winning the Sundance Special Jury Award for Creative Vision, in the World Cinema Documentary section, The film broke into its European Premiere in the Generation 14Plus strand of the Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded the Special Mention of the Youth Jury, Generation 14PLUS, Best Film!
The debut feature from directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck, whose 2016 short “Ten Meter Tower” was in competition at Sundance and Berlin, “Fantastic Machine” is a thought-provoking examination of humanity’s infatuation with itself, and with framing the world through the camera’s lens.
Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired U.K. rights and a set of deals have already been sealed for Italy (Teodora Film), Benelux, (September Film), Poland (Against Gravity) and Czech Republic, where the rights were sold to arthouse distributor Aerofilms and the newly launched streaming platform KVIFF.TV, both part of the KVIFF Group, a media conglomerate built around the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
“Fantastic Machine” will also be distributed on HBO channels and HBO Max in Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.
Filmmakers Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck (Ten Meter Tower, Jobs For All!) explore how humankind’s obsession with image has grown to change our behavior, look at the societal consequences stemming from the image output of 45 billion cameras on the planet, and ask how humanity went from the image of a backyard to a multi-billion-euro content industry in 200 years.
“Fantastic Machine” is produced by Danielson and Van Aertryck, and is executive produced by Plattform Produktion’s Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund.
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