As long as we can remember, time travel and parallel dimensions have been staples of classical science fiction. But what would happen if you were to apply them to our contemporary world of advanced technology, social media, and start-ups? The result would probably look something like this. A group of young app entrepreneurs discovers a mirror in the attic of their rental house. It turns out to be a portal to a series of parallel universes, which they can access and mine for specific details to bring back home. And that’s exactly what they do in pursuit of personal gain and success. But if you play with fire, you risk getting your fingers burned! Soon, the techies find out that what they’re doing has dangerous consequences… Mexican filmmaker Isaac Ezban is the new wunderkind of science fiction. The Incident and The Similars were intelligent, allegorical fantasy films that we proudly presented at the 2015 and 2016 editions of the BIFFF. For Parallel, his English-language debut, he can count on a talented cast including Kathleen Quinlan (The Hills Have Eyes), Martin Wallström (Mr. Robot), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) and Mark O’Brien (Arrival).

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