If you’ve never given much thought to whether or not you wanted to watch a surreal, post-apocalyptic Ethiopian love story, you should, because you’re definitely going to want to check out Crumbs. The film, which fits all of these criteria, recently premiered, and if this trailer is any indication, this is going to one hell of a ride.
You can’t help but get an Alejandro Jodorowsky vibe from this short look at Crumbs. There’s a definite kinship with films like El Topo and The Holy Mountain. There is all kinds of craziness going on here, and the entire trailer is full-to-bursting with stark, unsettling imagery. There’s what appears to be an evil Santa Claus, a Nazi with what looks like Mickey Mouse ears, decrepit carnival rides, lions, and much more. And that’s not even counting all the strange things tumbling through space, like knick-knacks, a Michael Jackson album, and a toy sword (when we hear about the first scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where a lightsaber reportedly falls to the surface of a planet, this is how I picture it looking).
Helmed by the Spanish-born, Addis Ababa-based Miguel Llanso, this tells the story of a strange heroic quest. Candy and Birdy are scrap collectors and survivors of what is referenced as the “Big War,” which left the population of the planet in ruins. From the look of this trailer, their life is hard, harrowing, and bizarre, one where they constantly struggle to survive and could be dispatched in a variety of ways at any moment. That chaotic, discordant score only heightens the sense of tension and danger as they make their way through a decimated landscape.
The Hollywood Reporter reviewed Crumbs and called it “outlandish and imaginative,” as well as an “Unpredictable filmic oddity,” which it certainly appears to be. The film premiered in the Bright Futures section of the Rotterdam Film Festival, and IndiePix recently snatched up the distribution rights at the European Film Market in Berlin. Hopefully that means we’ll be able to lay our eyes on this sooner rather than later, because this is something that I really, really want to see.