New Zealand director Vincent Ward’s visionary film, shot in atmospheric black and white, is an ambitious medieval fantasy.
A young boy is afflicted by apocalyptic visions in medieval Cumbria. Believing he is divinely inspired to save his village from the Black Death, he persuades a group of men to follow him into a tunnel. Digging deeper into the earth they finally emerge in Auckland New Zealand, 1987. Following portents, the time travellers must negotiate the terrors of a strange new world while seeking to save their own.
A terrific adventure film in which man’s primitive instinct for survival is met with the ultimate challenge. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.