Iron Sky, the indie film about a Nazi invasion from the dark side of the moon, is headed to theaters around the world.
It's no secret that I've been pretty taken with Iron Sky, the Finnish-German-Australian production about an invasion of the Earth by Nazi forces who fled to the dark side of the moon in the closing days of the Second World War. Not only is the concept brilliantly ridiculous, but it stars Udo Kier, a very talented actor whose reputation is diluted somewhat by his odd willingness to appear in anything that anyone sticks in his face, and it's from the guys who did the uneven but hilariously goofy Star Wreck. That's good enough for the girls I go with.
Fortunately, I don't appear to be alone in my desire to catch Iron Sky on the big screen. The distribution rights to the film have now been sold to more than 70 countries, meaning it will hit at least 1000 screens worldwide, and more may be coming. "The crowd is an unstoppable force. Our fans are getting active in the countries that do not have distribution in place yet," said Producer Tero Kaukomaa. "Our fans include staff and owners at movie theaters in many places around the world, who have come directly to us to arrange a screening."
So far, Iron Sky theatrical releases have been confirmed for Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, France, Former Yugoslavia, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China (pending government approval), Korea, Thailand, Middle East, Israel, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Greek, India and Hong Kong. It premiered in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and made its first appearance in the U.S. at the South By Southwest Festival [SXSW] last week.
Reviews for Iron Sky have been mixed so far: The Guardian said it "fails to fulfill fans' hopes," while Screen Daily declared that "genre fans should lap up the film." But the truth is, I don't care. This is a movie about Nazis from the the moon, and if it lands anywhere near me, you better believe that I'm going to be all over it.