The Pink Cloud is an eerily prescient sci-fi movie about being stuck in quarantine

The Pink Cloud is an eerily prescient sci-fi movie about being stuck in quarantine


The Pink Cloud. | Photo: Sundance Institute.

Like most recent events, the 2021 edition of the Sundance Film Festival has shifted from an in-person showcase to a virtual one. Despite the change, we’ll still be bringing you reviews on the most interesting experiences we find, from indie films to VR experiments.

The Pink Cloud starts with a message that underlines the distressing ludicrousness of where we are: it’s a movie about people stuck in a never-ending quarantine because of a deadly threat outside their doors. It’s also an early prescient one, as it was written in 2017 and filmed in 2019. It has no purposeful connections to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s impossible not to draw parallels between The Pink Cloud and our current reality.

The movie is set in a Brazilian city where…

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