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El Futuro Está Aquí: Sci-Fi Classics from Mexico

Sunday, June 27, 2010
7:10 p.m. Planet of the Female Invaders
Alfredo B. Crevenna (Mexico, 1965)

(El planeta de las mujeres invasoras). In this alien invasion spectacular, a flying saucer impersonates an amusement park ride. That’s right: a pie-pan spaceship lands next to a carnival and substitutes its saucer for the space ride. When giggling carnival-goers board the ride and discover they are being whisked off to the planet Sibila, they are not even faintly amused. Sibila, a planet ruled by the evil Adastrea (Lorena Velázquez) and her twin sister, Alburnia (Lorena Velázquez), is a bright idea—so bright that you go blind if exposed to its eternal daylight. That explains why the abductees—a family, a boxer, his girlfriend, and a couple of thugs owed money by the pugilist—wear welding masks outdoors. Back on Earth, Dr. Wolf, a good-natured scientist, is prepping his own spacecraft for a rescue mission to Sibila. To make matters worse, the Sibilians want to harvest human lungs as breathing devices for alien asthmatics. This atmospheric actioner will take your breath away.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Alfredo Ruanova. Photographed by Alfredo Uribe. With Lorena Velázquez, Elizabeth Campbell, Maura Monti, Guillermo Murray. (85 mins, B&W, In Spanish with English subtitles, 35mm, From Filmoteca de la UNAM)