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Directed by Vincent Ward

Australia, New Zealand 1988 92 mins. In English

With the Black Plague encroaching on a small medieval town, the village elders take the advice of a young boy experiencing prophetic dreams and begin to dig a pathway to salvation. The ramshackle mining party that travels through the tunnel find themselves unexpectedly transported to a completely unfamiliar 20th century version of New Zealand, rendering them gobsmacked explorers of a new and strange world—one that holds an unsteady promise of rescuing the place they call home. “Vincent Ward, the director and co-writer of The Navigator, takes every artistic risk his bizarre premise allows. The result is a dark, thrilling fantasy that places Mr. Ward among the most innovative and authoritative young filmmakers.” – Caryn James, The New York Times