Swedish Film Festival Will Seal Moviegoers Inside Coffins for Sci-Fi Film Set in Space
The coffins feature screens, speakers and air vents — all designed to enhance the viewer's experience
For anyone who has ever wanted to sleep like Dracula, now’s their chance.
The Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden is offering moviegoers the opportunity to experience the sci-fi film Aniara inside of a coffin when it premieres on Jan. 27.
Eight volunteers will be sealed inside custom made caskets equipped with screens, speakers and air vents.
The coffins have been made to magnify the solitary theme of the movie, which centers around a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars when it’s knocked off course. The incident then forces its passengers to consider their place in the universe.
“This is going to be a challenging experience that intensifies the sensation of being alone in deep space — something that characterizes Aniara,” Goteborg Film Festival director Jonas Holmberg tells PEOPLE.
“The screenings might even raise a couple of questions about the direction in which humankind is headed,” Holmberg added.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Holmberg explained the film is a “metaphor for Earth, that the future of our planet could be this kind of sarcophagus, floating alone through space as we use up our natural resources.”
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“At Goteborg, we like to find new places and new ways to experience cinema. But we really have no idea how people will react,” Holmberg told the magazine.
To ensure the safety of the moviegoers, festival staff will be standing by throughout the duration of the film. The caskets also feature an emergency button. When pressed, the moviegoer will be released from the coffin.
There will be 33 sarcophagus screenings of Aniara starting on Jan. 27 and ending on Jan. 31.