|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.
• 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)