After a presentation at the Cannes Film Festival, then great success in cinemas, Asteroid City will soon be (re)viewed in the comfort of your living room. Barely four months after its cinema release, Wes Anderson’s latest feature film, an offbeat film mixing comedy and science fiction, is indeed arriving very soon on the SFR box VOD platform!
Wes Anderson’s films often make a strong impression. Through his unique style and inexhaustible creativity, the American director never leaves you indifferent with his works. And his latest feature film is no exception. Presented in preview last spring at the 2023 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, then in cinemas around the world, Asteroid City is now preparing to make its debut on the SFR VOD platform: it will be available from October 19 for digital purchase, then from October 31 for rental.
If we exclude his short and medium films, Asteroid City is the 54-year-old director’s 11th film. After successful animated features like Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) or even Isle of Dogs (2017), Wes Anderson marks his return to independent cinema with Asteroid City.
A film on two levels
The particularity ofAsteroid City, what makes it so unique is its dual format. The story takes place on two levels, taking turns throughout the film. On the one hand, in a 4:3 format in black and white, the film features a writer putting on a play called Asteroid City and on the other hand, the main plot of the film (and the subject of the play) is presented in wide format and in color.
In this feature film, Asteroid City is also a fictional city. Located in the heart of the desert of the American southwest, this tiny city has a particularity which contributes to its notoriety: a gigantic crater, caused by the crushing of a meteorite. The small town being adjacent to a large nuclear testing center, nothing is more normal than to host the convention Junior Stargazer, bringing together brilliant students from the four corners of the country. This competition, in which the young participants must present their inventions linked to the vast subject of astronomy, will however be disrupted by a most disconcerting appearance: a spaceship, with on board an extraterrestrial who has come to steal the remains of the meteor.
A prestigious casting
Provoking, subtle, crazy or even absurd, Asteroid City has all the qualities to please both film buffs and the general public. If more was needed, the 5-star cast should convince the most skeptical: Wes Anderson’s eleventh feature film brings together a host of stars, with Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Adrian Brody, Margot Robbie, Rupert Friend or even Matt Dillon.
Only a few days left to wait: the film Asteroid City signed Wes Anderson will be available for digital purchase from October 19, as well as for rental from October 31 on VOD at SFR.
Sources: France TV, Critical Sense