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Afrofuturist Odyssey

The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving diminutive, stooped junkman Candy “Gagano” (Daniel Tadesse) to scavenge the north Ethiopian town of Dallol.

The Halloween season wouldn’t be complete without a spate of strange, new, sinister cinema. But maybe “Crimson Peak,” “The Green Inferno” or “Goosebumps” aren’t really your thing. That’s where The Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) comes in.

For less than the price of entry at one of the googolplexes, experience the Albuquerque premiere of writer/director Spaniard Miguel Llansó’s “Crumbs,” an Afrofuturist sci-fi flick set in Ethiopia. The story – loose and fantastical as it may be – goes something like this: The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving diminutive, stooped junkman Candy “Gagano” (Daniel Tadesse) to scavenge the north Ethiopian town of Dallol for whatever valuable crumbs were left behind by civilization.

One day a previously dormant, hovering spaceship kicks on. Sick of his daydreams and anxiety, Gagano sets off on a journey to board the ship … and find Santa Claus (Tsegaye Abegaz). And that’s when things get really weird.

A haunting spin on the Hero’s Journey, “Crumbs” is the first feature film collaboration between Llansó and Tadesse; the pair previously worked together on the 2013 short “Chigger Ale.” In Amharic and Afrikaans with English subtitles, “Crumbs” clocks in at 68 minutes. The film screens Monday, Oct. 26 through Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Guild. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors 60+, kids 12 and under and students with valid ID. Call 255-1848 or visit guildcinema.com for more info.

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