Stéphane Lafleur / Canada / 2022 / 104 mins
Starring: Steve Laplante, Larissa Corriveau, Fabiola N. Aladin, Hamza Haq
The Viking Society is recruiting volunteers for the first crewed mission to Mars. The goal is to form a B-team that will mirror the mission here on Earth to find solutions to the interpersonal problems that the Mars-bound crew is experiencing. David is high-school gym teacher who seizes this opportunity to revive his dream of becoming an astronaut and making a difference. Viking balances deadpan humour with profound poignancy in its story about a longing for a sense of purpose. It’s that rare kind of science fiction where gadgets and fantasy are overshadowed by the mysteries of the human psyche.
“Lafleur tries his hand at the unusual category of science-fiction comedy, pulling off an insightful, hilarious film that is part science spoof, part character study” – Far Out Magazine
Best French Language Film, Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival 2022