In the year 2056, large corporations have divided the earth among themselves and almost completely exploited it. On the extra-terrestrial research station Rubicon, a corporate soldier, an ingenious scientist and a young biologist have to watch an environmental catastrophe unfold on Earth. When they get in touch with a group of survivors, they face a moral dilemma.
“We wanted to set our story at a time when the efforts to save the world are in the past. I wanted the Rubicon, our space station, to seem like a relic of old times. By ‘old’ I mean our times in which we are still trying to reach climate goals, perhaps to still get our act together.
The way the Rubicon looks in the movie, it could be super spacy now, in 2022, but later it won’t. The feeling should be that the ambition to save the world has already been abandoned.
We were concerned with the disjointedness of this character. We felt that in this genre there’s always an expectation of heroism that we were sick of. One of the questions we wanted to ask ourselves in our science-fiction framework was how to live the topic of solidarity. It was about a maximum level of brokenness that we all know as human beings. You could do so much to save the planet, but then there’s also this one life you have to live with all your own desires and needs. We were interested in those areas of friction.”