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horror, sci-fi / USA / 2019 / 1 h 36 min

# fear and terror / death / psychedelics/ hallucinations / Polish premiere


Buddy-Thriller-SF-Drama on a decent flight


Denis lives in a tired and burned-out relationship with his wife, who is completely consumed with caring for her newborn child and the difficult maturation of her eighteen-year-old daughter. Steve, on the other hand, is an eternal single. Both men are united not only by hard work in the New Orleans ambulance service, but also by a solid male friendship. During one of their shifts, they witness a series of unusual and disturbing deaths – wounds inflicted by a sword, charred corpses and snake bites. Initially, it was difficult to see any connection between the deceased. With time, however, it turns out that behind the unusual events there is a new mysterious drug called Synchronic. A synthetic drug which is also called “fake ayahuasca” causes such a unique high that trips through a skewed, hacked and hallucinatory reality can result in severe injuries and even death in “real” life. The protagonists are dragged into this disturbing alternate universe much deeper than they would like. Denis’s wife suddenly disappears and everything indicates that she took Synchronic and her life is in serious danger.

“Synchronic” initially appears to be a drama based on the destructive influence of a dangerous drug. Without warning, the production begins to move towards a crazy and creative SF with a large dose of action and a bit of light humor. As always, Anthony Mackie shines on the screen thanks to his charisma and charm, but the greatest recognition is undeniably earned by the directing duo. Benson and Moorhead, whose ingenuity delighted in “The Endless”, once again showcase their extraordinary creativity, their fresh approach to the genre and incredible imagination. The work of these two is beyond any framework, even this fantastic one, and reality in their films dances at their whim… such work is really rare in cinema.


WORLD PREMIERE: Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Age restrictions: 15+


WARSAW: 5.12 (Thursday) / at 8:00 p.m. / Kinoteka – room 1 / BUY TICKET


director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
writer: Justin Benson
director of photography: Aaron Moorhead
editor: Justin Benson, Michael Felker, Aaron Moorhead
cast: Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Ally Ioannides, Katie Aselton
music: Jimmy LaValle
language: English
subtitles: Polish