Skip to main content
Mars Express film image; cartoon woman stands over city skyscape

Mars Express

This event has passed

A Gallic Ghost in the Shell, updated to reflect the implications of developments in AI, Jérémie Périn’s breathless scifi murder mystery constructs outer worlds with spectacle and wit, while chewing over those perennial philosophical concerns about what separates woman from machine, technology from humanity.

In 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker.

On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet’s capital city where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe…

100% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes

A gripping, heady and refreshing 2D animated take on the perils of man and machine coexisting… Mars Express rarely halts its rapid pace to take a breather and ponder the philosophical implications of the dystopian picture it paints. But considering all that Périn successful conveys in less than 90 minutes, what we can glean about the characters’ yearnings from their interactions amid the thrilling action provides potent intellectual stimulation.

Carlos Aguilar, Variety

Ultra-cool and dazzlingly animated… eye-popping… breathes new life into its formulaic genre.

David Ehrlich, Indiewire

[A] visually exciting, smart, engaging detective story that will both impress with it’s animated quality and eventually make you forget your even watching animation.

Mark Hughes, Forbes


Jérémie Périn


Morla Gorrondona, Josh Keaton, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Sarah Hollis

Country of Origin





In French with English subtitles

89 min

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Also Playing

Concrete Poetry + Arthur Erickson's Dyde House

In this program we pair two of the best documentaries about Arthur Erickson: Michelle Smolkin's 2002 profile for the CBC, Concrete Poetry, and Colin Waugh's recent Arthur Erickson's Dyde House, an insightful look at one of his earliest designs.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray's first film opened eyes in the West. It's a naturalistic portrait of the childhood of a Brahman child, Apu, growing up in a village far from twentieth century technology in West Bengal.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Night of the Hunter

One of the strangest and most beguiling movies you'll ever see, from a poetic, nightmarish novel by Davis Grubb, a fable about two children fleeing from a psychotic evangelical preacher (Robert Mitchum). Charles Laughton's only film as director.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Battle of Algiers

French Colonel Mathieu hunts for Algerian resistance leader Ali la Pointe in Pontecorvo's classic, which draws the battle lines between colonialists and Arab insurrectionists in a pulsating, "fly-on-the-wall" documentary style.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre