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Because all the reporting on Ivan Engler's Cargo has been happening overseas (and not in English), it's kind of hard for me to figure out exactly what's going on with it at this point. From what I can make out, it's finished and hitting Swiss theaters on 30 June 2009, but something could be getting lost in translation between us and the boys at who are breaking the news. At any rate, the film sounds and looks rad.

Since the biosphere collapsed on Earth most of humanity lives in space, inhabiting hopelessly overcrowded space stations. The only hope to escape from the chaos is RHER: A paradise-planet 5 light-years from Earth.

The story of CARGO takes place on rusty space-freighter KASSANDRA on its way to Station 42. The young medic LAURA is the only one awake on board while the rest of the crew lies frozen in hibernation sleep. Only in 4 months will Laura's shift be over. During her daily patrols, through the eerily empty ship, LAURA begins to get the feeling that she is not alone on-board. A discovery mission in the dark and ice-cold cargo hold ends in catastrophe. The remainder of the crew is awakened. A cat and mouse game begins in which nothing is what it seems. What lies hidden in the strange freight containers and who, or what, is also on-board?

No trailer yet, but we've got a gallery of concept art after the break and the official Cargo website is pretty sweet. We'll def be keeping an eye on this one for ya.

UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, who sent us a translation of the story, we now have the full synopsis which sounds great! I particularly love the dystopic- almost post-apocalyptic- backdrop the writers have developed to explain the world. Can't wait for this one!

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