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(Michael Mad­sen, Den­mark/Aus­tria/Ire­land/Fin­land/Nor­way). 85 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN You know all of those sci-fi thrillers where aliens land and it turns out the world’s gov­ern­ments have se­cret pro­to­cols for just such an event? Well, that lit­tle de­tail is real – ex­cept that the pro­to­cols aren’t se­cret.

Aus­trian film­maker Michael Mad­sen’s nifty what-if project sim­u­lates an ET ar­rival, in­ter­view­ing the real of­fi­cials and spe­cial­ists who would spring into ac­tion and even show­ing them per­form­ing sim­u­la­tions of their ex­pected du­ties. It’s strangely pleas­ing to see anony­mous func­tionar­ies get their mo­ment in the spot­light, even if they’re only play­ing pre­tend, and Mad­sen con­structs the whole thing with just the right amount of in­credulity. The Nightvi­sion crowd will love this.

NW Apr 29, 6: 30 pm, TIFF 2; Apr 30, 1 pm, Hart House; May 1, 9: 30 pm, TIFF 2

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