“The battle between two living legends… This isn’t your typical look at video games, but these aren’t your typical video game nerds. They’re the best Warcraft III players in the world.” – William Lee, Cinema Verdict
DVD features rare and exclusive interview with Blizzard entertainment founders!
Vancouver Film Festival * International Film Festival Amsterdam
Margaret Mead Film Festival
“…beautifully contrasts scenes from our mundane world with the colour-saturated, action packed virtual world within the game; the neon-lit internet cafes and media-hyped tournament becoming a jarring hybrid of the two. Beyond the Game is a revealing profile of an unforgiving game and the toll it takes on its all too human players.” – Willis Wong, Intermidias
Warcraft III is the most popular real-time strategy computer game, thrilling over 2.5 million North Americans and 10 million people worldwide everyday. The game creates an alternate universe, where players challenge each other with a mythically-charged online world of humans, orcs, the undead, knights, and elves.
In Beyond the Game, we meet – in real life and within the game – two of the game’s leading figures, known as Grubby and Sky. Acclaimed filmmaker Jos de Putter tracks these Kasparovs of a new generation and a new game across the world all the way to the world championships in Seattle.
A fascinating, surprising, and genuinely touching portrait, Beyond the Game is a study of, and participation in, the reformation of our communities in the internet age.
“Visionary writer-director Vladan Nikolic . . . concerns and motifs [are] vivid and idiosyncratic, designed to intensify a highly contemporary concern about the loss of freedom and power of the individual to secret, manipulative cartels.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“chillingly realistic vision of the future… amazing… nothing but talent.” – Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post
“a weird reflection of current reality. . . an odd example of artsy obscura . . .an experience not quickly forgotten.” – Tor.com
“Zenith at top of its game.” – Boston Herald
“a high-concept, brave-new-world sci-fi puzzle… echoes futuristic thrillers such as 12 Monkeys and Children of Men… an atmosphere of mounting paranoia that’s grim and chilling.” – Loren King, Boston Globe
“Smoothly incorporating influences as diverse as Philip K. Dick and Terry Gilliam. . . a low-budget, high-concept mind-teaser, the sort of provocatively ambiguous sci-fier that often can attract a devoted niche audience and inspire repeated viewings. . . deadly serious, if not grimly fatalistic, about the grave new world it depicts.” – Variety
“a brooding science-fiction trip…Nikolic’s lust for paranoid desperation is powerful, and his way with actors is stunningly graceful.” – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
“a trippy, frontal-lobe screwer that plays like the illegitimate spawn of Memento and 12 Monkeys… highly imaginative … slick visuals.” – Rod Lott, Oklahoma Gazette
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“Imaginative sci-fi thriller…conceptual imagination…a talent to watch!” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“collision of noir narration and purple paranoia…long on atmosphere…brave-new-world dystopia.” – New York Times
“rank[s] up there with indie mind-bending powerhouses like Primer and Being John Malkovich… like all great science fiction, Zenith hits us with a powerful series of “what ifs” that take the world as we expect it to be and give it a short, sharp turn on its ear… smart sci-fi… something to add to your must-see list.” – Apex Magazine
“fuses the trippy paranoia of Philip K. Dick’s novels with canny use of locations that are already a bit post-apocalyptic.” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
“works on the knife-edge of what Ridley Scott and company were onto with Blade Runner . . . an impressive and certainly downbeat dystopia built from found locations, insistent hypotheses and studded with superlative acting, termite performances from gifted actors playing paranoids and conspiracists with unbridled glee.” – Ray Pride, New City Chicago
“entertainingly fast-paced and visceral…impressive…pulp fiction.” – Will Coviello, Gambit Weekly New Orleans