North American premiere
Selection 2022


Directed by Kristina Buožyte, Bruno Samper


Official selection

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022


Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper


Daiva Jovaisiene, Asta Liukaityte, Alexis Perrin


Kristina Buozyte, Brian Clark, Bruno Samper


Richard Brake, Raffiella Chapman, Edmund Dehn, Melanie Gaydos, Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen


Feliksas Abrukauskas


Suzanne Fenn


IFC Films

Belgium, France, Lithuania 2022 112 mins OV English

“A markedly imaginative dystopian fairytale – an eco-futurist film, if you will – one of those few science-fiction fantasies that comes with an entire world built in believably.”
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN DAILY

“Dazzling. Reflects sci-fi strands both East and West, echoing cerebral fare from the Soviet bloc as much as grimy Hollywood spectacles, filmmakers Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper have woven those older threads into something wholly unique — at once modern and timeless, nostalgic for a genre only just created.”
Ben Croll, THE WRAP

Our worst fears have come to fruition. The earth’s ecosystem has collapsed, and the world has become a writhing, toxic fungal jungle that has choked the life from the planet forcing civilization into mega cities known as citadels. Outside these domes is a twisted wasteland where life is cheap. In this unforgiving future 13-year-old Vesper (Raffiella Chapman, MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN) has carved a home for herself and her ailing father (genre icon Richard Brake, MANDY, 31, THE MANDALORIAN) when a chance encounter throws a mysterious guest (Rosy McEwen, THE ALIENIST) into their lives. Vesper now finds herself in a deadly web as the leering and villainous Jonas (Eddie Marsan, THE WORLD’S END, WRATH OF MAN, ATOMIC BLOND) closes in. Vesper must use her cunning and talents in bioengineering to uncover the mysteries of the citadels and fight back against the dark and cutthroat world closing in.

Ten years after their groundbreaking art-SF masterpiece VANISHING WAVES (2012), Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and France’s Bruno Samper have returned with the immersive and sprawling fungal world of VESPER. This catastrophic and beautiful setting is robust and breathtakingly expansive. Years of painstaking detail has been put into this horrific waste and the awe that it inspires is rivaled only by the tremendous talent of Chapman, Brake, Marsan, and McEwen. Buozyte and Samper masterfully helm a thrilling and deadly vision of the future where pulses run high and a new monstrosity is just around every next bend. Designed for the biggest of screens, its North American premiere here will be an event not soon forgotten. – Justin Langlois