I remember seeing stuff on IRON SKY a year or so ago, mostly as an “in the works” sort of thing, but always playing off the concepts of Nazis having a secret base hidden on the moon. What I saw looked ambitious and inventive, but visuals aren’t everything these days… it’s all about what goes with it that counts. Well, the film is finally finished, and it looks rather insane. And here’s the best part – this movie, in which it looks as if Nazis are the protagonists, is opening at the Berlin Film Festival of all places. Directed by Timo Vuorensola, the cast includes Julia Dietze (1½ Ritter), Götz Otto (Downfall), Tilo Prückner (The Neverending Story), Christopher Kirby (The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions) and Udo Kier (Dancer in the Dark). The official website notes how crowd-funding helped bring the project together by saying:
Iron Sky is a dark science fiction comedy. The film is a Finnish-German-Australian co-production, filmed mainly in English, with a budget of about 7.5 million euros.
We have secured about 6.3 million euros through traditional film funding channels like the Finnish Film Foundation, Eurimages, Hessen Film Invest, Screen Queensland, pre-sales etc. We are now aiming to cover 900,000€ of the budget with crowd funding: securing money from volunteers via merchandise sales, preorders and an upcoming investment possibility, which gives You a chance to take part in this movie project.
You can see more about how that works on their site. But in the meantime, check out the images above and below, and of course the demented trailer underneath, which looks across between GRINDHOUSE and a Mel Brooks movie… with a dash of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS mixed in. Udo Kier looks to play a prominent role, and is that supposed to be a Sarah Palin-esque president? I’ll give them props for imagination. I’ll also say without an ounce of guilt that this looks pretty cool (and no, I’m not pro-Nazi), or at least like a silly diversion from the same old moviegoing experience. Check out the synopsis and tell us your thoughts on the trailer in the comments.
Towards the end of World War II the Nazi scientists made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.
Now it’s 2018, and it’s the time for the first American Moon landing since the 70’s. Meanwhile the Nazi invasion, that has been over 70 years in the making, is on its way, and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom. The three main characters of the story are Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), and James Washington (Christopher Kirby).
A previous teaser…