“Drawing on mythology and body horror, ANNIHILATION is an intelligent film that asks big questions and refuses to provide easy answers. Sci-fi at its best.” - Jonathan Pile, Empire Magazine

“Top-notch sci-fi and a chilling allegory for humanity's capacity for self-destruction.” - Adam Woodward, Little White Lies

March 28 at 6pm | One of the most powerful allegories for climate change in recent years, ANNIHILATION operates on a simple what-if premise: what if the boundaries between “human” and “environment” were finally and utterly elided? Of course, there is a premise for this philosophical query: an all-women group of military scientists, led by Natalie Portman’s Lena, is sent to examine the Shimmer, a “zone” (think Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER) created by a meteor strike three years ago into which people enter but never return. In the Shimmer, a long-desired communion between (wo)men and nature becomes possible—perhaps forgiving humanity’s sins on the planet once and for all. Be careful what you wish for.

Gore Capitalism Lecture SeriesProfessor Daniel R. Quiles presents Gore Capitalism, a lecture series centered on the everyday “horror” we are living through and how the individual gets caught in uneven wars between classes, races, genders, sexual orientations, healthy and sick, states and citizens. Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments. View full series here

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