Liquid Sky

Year: 1983

Production: Z Films

Director: Slava Tsukerman

Starring: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr

Screenwriter: Slava Tsukerman, Anne Carlisle, Nina V. Kerova

112 minutes; Color

Aliens who have landed their tiny flying saucer on the roof of a Manhattan penthouse observe the lives of strange young people: fashionable, drug-using, white-faced Punk/New Wavers. The aliens are attracted to chemicals released when humans use heroin ("liquid sky") and/or achieve organism, killing the humans or causing them to disappear at the moment of endorphin saturation. When looking through alien eyes we see this in psychedelic patterns. This elegant, sometimes funny, sometimes obscene art film, something of an anthropological documentary about an alienated, self-brutalized human subculture, was made by a group of Russian emigres in New York - effectively aliens themselves - and features a German (that is, alien) alien-hunter.

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