Wednesday, April 19, 6 PM at Landmark Grand 10

Welcome to the desert of the real: In Viking (2022), a sprightly and ironic morsel of Canadian content, the five members of the “Viking Society” decamp to a Quonset hut in the steppes of Alberta to simulate an expedition to Mars happening simultaneously overhead. The purpose is to enact the tasks and dynamics of the real expedition, in an effort to anticipate and workshop resolutions for evolving and potential conflicts; the Canadians on the ground were selected for their psychological compatibility with the American astronauts on the real mission overhead—similarities of temperament transcend the gender binary, so the Mars mission’s “Liz,” for instance, is played on Earth by a balding man in late middle age. (French, English, Unrated, 1 hour 44 minutes).