Screened as part of NZIFF 2023

Mars Express 2023

Directed by Jérémie Périn Incredibly Strange

A private detective and her android partner track down a notorious hacker in the dark underbelly of a Martian metropolis in this superb cyber-punk-noir animated feature, packed with humour and action.

Jul 28
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Light House Cinema Cuba

Jul 31

The Roxy Cinema 1

Aug 11
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Embassy Deluxe

Aug 12
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The Roxy Cinema 1

Aug 15

The Roxy Cinema 1

France In French with English subtitles
87 minutes Colour / DCP



Didier Crest
Gaëlle Bassière


Laurent Sarfati
Jérémie Périn

Artistic Director

Mikael Robert


Lila Desiles


Nils Robin
Hanne Galvex
Nicolas Galvez


Fred Avril
Philippe Monthaye


Léa Drucker
Mathieu Amalric
Daniel Njo Lobé
Marie Bouvet
Sébsatien Chassagne
Marthe Keller
Geneviève Doang
Thomas Roditi


Cannes (Cinéma de la Plage)
Annecy 2023


At this year’s Cannes, the big discovery was this five-years-in-the-making, cyber-punk-noir animated feature from French director Jérémie Périn. This hard sci-fi creation of a colonised Mars shares genetic make-up in tandem with Métal Hurlant Magazine, Ghost in the Shell, I, Robot, Robocop and Blade Runner in a dystopian tale of a rogue code allowing androids to be jailbroken from their inbuilt (non-violent) hardline directives. The two P.Is thrown into this matrix-miasma are Aline—a human—and Carlos who is a ”backup”; an android replica of Aline’s deceased partner.

Both investigators go down a galactic rabbit hole in search of answers that start with a runaway cybernetics student who has discovered some strange coding while programming a robot. An ambitious space spectacle, Mars Express features complex world-building (with input from futurists, scientists and engineers) and attention to numerous clever details that will immediately immerse viewers and provide a rich hunting ground for repeat viewings. Noctis, the Martian capital, is a visual wonder of mecha-architecture and is the perfect environment for a clever script that intertwines a noir-ish robotic utopia alongside a tangled web of corrupt players at the highest echelon of Martian power. — Ant Timpson