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London Screening Of “Transfer” Coming (Sci-Fi Film About Whites Paying To Have Their Souls Deposited Into The Bodies Of Blacks)

A German film I initially profiled back in September, when it was selected for Fantastic Fest 2010, will screen for UK audiences in about 3 weeks, as part of The London International Festival Of Science Fiction And Fantastic Film.

As I said in my initial post, at the time, the ideas here simultaneously intrigue, as well as concern me, having not seen the film!

On one hand, it may provide for an intriguing opportunity to explore race, privilege, class, identity, ethics, the nature of being/consciousness and more, on film, and maybe in ways that we haven’t quite seen before; on the other, it could be nothing more than an exploitative (even though well-intended) piece of trash fiction… an experiment gone completely wrong… especially at the hands of a white European filmmaker.

German filmmaker Damir Lukacevic is its director. The film was released in Germany last year, but really hasn’t been screened much since then… notably in English-language territories.

It’s is called Transfer; and, once again, here’s the breakdown:

At the Menzana facility, customers with the financial means to do so can sidestep the constraints of this mortal coil by having their consciousness and memories implanted into the minds of young, healthy bodies, primarily those of immigrant Africans and other third world residents who agree to participate in the procedure for the money their families will receive.

The film opens with a consultation session for potential clients Herman and Anna (Hans Michael Rehberg and Ingrid Andree), a wealthy German couple entering their twilight years. While both have ethical concerns about the procedure, Herman is deeply worried by his wife’s failing health and both fear the day that death will separate them. Their initial hesitation to the transfer procedure gives way after Anna learns that she has but months to live. She and Herman soon return to Menzana and commit to purchasing the bodies of Apolain and Sarah (B.J. Britt and Regine Nehy), two refugees from Africa who have been specially selected for their compatibility with the body and brain chemistry of the aging couple. Under the conditions of the transfer, Herman and Anna have use of their new bodies for 20 hours a day. When they sleep, their hosts Apolain and Sarah return to consciousness and are able to use their own bodies for a period of four hours.

Given your comments to my last post on this, I appear to be in the minority of people with the above duality I mentioned. I’d like to finally see it for myself, so I hope it comes to New York soon.

In the meantime, our many UK readers can check it out when it screens at Sc-Fi-London on May 1st, at 7:45PM. Click HERE for details. Maybe our own MsWOO, who lives in London, will be bothered to see it, and review it for the rest of us on this site. I certainly hope someone out there reading this site, who lives in London, will be able to see the film and share their thoughts with us.

I’m trying to get info on USA play dates, so stay tuned…

Here’s the trailer again:

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