Deliberately opaque and obtuse, Moya’s film is a morality play about society and the family unit. It’s a film where the characters are as important as the dystopian setting and where the science fiction aspect to the film is more about window dressing than plot. You could spend hours trying to unwrap it.
A strong feature debut, there’s much to recommend in Undergods– the main one being the brilliant score from composer Wojciech Golczewski.
From 17 May 2021 , Undergods will be released day-and-date; in select UK cinemas nationwide and On-Demand simultaneously. A limited-edition Blu-ray and vinyl soundtrack are also planned for later in the year.
An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline, Chino Moya’s debut Undergods is a collection of darkly humorous fantasy tales about a series of men whose worlds fall apart through a visit from an unexpected stranger.
Set to an original, synth score featuring ‘80s electronica, UNDERGODS journeys through disparate eras and realities fusing failed 20th Century utopias and 21st Century Ikea nightmares. An unsettlingly entertaining, singular visual feast, Undergods features a stand out, pan European cast that includes Kate Dickie (The Witch), Ned Dennehy (Mandy), Geza Rohrig (Son Of Saul), Adrian Rawlins (Chernoybl), and an especially crazed Jan Bijvoet (Borgman).
Made with the support of the BFI, (using funds from the National Lottery), the Wallonia Brussels Fund for Audiovisual and Cinema, the Estonian Cultural Fund, the Estonian Film Institute and Sweden’s Film I Vast, Undergods is produced by the UK’s Z56FILM in co-production with Velvet Films (Belgium), Homeless Bob Production (Estonia), Media Plus (Serbia), Filmgate Films (Sweden), and Ridley Scott Creative Group’s Black Dog Films and RSA Films.