“What will love look like in the future?”
Equals, directed by the accomplished US filmmaker Drake Doremus, is an emotionally and visually arresting film from a screenplay by Nathan Parker based on a story idea from Doremus.
A nuanced, slow-burning love story, the film is set in a futuristic utopia where emotions have been genetically suppressed in an effort to protect society from the war and strife that has destroyed previous generations. On occasion, the suppression fails and emotions emerge in individuals – the Collective dubs this illness Switched On Syndrome, or SOS. As society is increasingly threatened by this health crisis, all SOS sufferers are heavily medicated or sent to the Den, a corrective facility from which no one returns.
Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult are Nia and Silas – the film’s star-crossed lovers who encounter each other as colleagues at the science journal, Atmos. As Silas begins to experience the onset of SOS and his own awakening emotions, he finds himself inextricably drawn to Nia, who is hiding her own SOS. The longer they attempt to suppress their palpable connection, the more the tension fans the flames of their attraction. But with this newfound pleasure of intimacy, comes the threat of discovery and consignment to the Den. With the support of a group of like-minded SOS patients, they realize escape is their only option.
DIRECTED BY Drake Doremus. PRODUCED BY Michael Schaefer, Michael Pruss, Ann Ruark, Jay Stern, Chip Diggins. WRITTEN BY Nathan Parker
STARRING Kristen Stewart as Nia, Nicholas Hoult as Silas And, Guy Pearce as Jonas, Jacki Weaver as Bess.
ACME FILM OÜ
Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver