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Based on a concept by Nobel prizewinner Harry Martinson, Aniara is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s fleeing population to Mars. But just as the ship leaves the destroyed Earth, it is thrown off course and the passengers slowly realise that they’ll never be able to return. Martinson first conceived of the idea back in 1956 against the backdrop of the Cold War and H-bomb testing and while it’s been interpreted in stage (and opera!) productions, this is the very first time that it has been put on film.