The discovery of life on Mars signals the start of new space race between NASA and the ESA when NASA astronauts Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent ESA robotic probe to find out what’s happening up there on the red planet. In Mars, we follow these three NASA astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbour. On the way they experience life threatening accidents, self doubt, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel. We also discover that love – biological, spiritual, and even mechanical – can flourish in all kinds of ways.

 This romantic science-fiction comedy is told in the playful style of a graphic novel- using a unique animation process that director Geoff Marslett developed specifically for the film. Underneath the silliness Mars is also an exploration of exploration. Why do we want to know what is out there? How do we react to what we find? And where does love fit into the whole thing?

Maximillian Lestander

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