20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

Beyond The Black Rainbow

Canada, 2011 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2012
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sun, Apr 22 1:00 PM


In the strangely futuristic Reagan-era laboratories of the Arboria Institute, Dr. Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers) is carefully monitoring the progress of Elena (Eva Allen), one of his patients. With treatments like “benign pharmacology,” “sensory therapy” and “energy sculpting,” the Institute is dedicated to helping mankind explore the outer reaches of its potential. To Elena, though, the Institute is not a place of healing, and as Dr. Nyle’s intentions become clear, she finds herself with no choice but to navigate an escape from her labyrinthine prison, in the process revealing its hidden secrets. But Nyle won’t easily part with his most gifted and dangerous creation.

Filmed with the vivid colours and nightmarish surrealism of a childhood fever dream, Beyond The Black Rainbow is director Panos Cosmatos’ tribute to the half-remembered midnight movies of his youth. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of Sinoia Caves and Black Mountain, the film is a feast for the senses, where slowbuilding dread and strange beauty mix into a wholly unique sci-fi vision.

Fantasia Film Festival 2011
Tribeca Film Festival 2011
Stockholm International Film Festival 2011

press for Beyond The Black Rainbow

"An experience for the senses"
- Cinema Without Borders
"A wacky, carefully designed, totally inscrutable science fi ction puzzle... an intoxicating mindtrip"
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Visually inventive – an immersive experience"
- Hollywood Reporter

screened with a short film


UK, 2011, 6 min, Director: Stephen Irwin

A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.



110 Minutes


Panos Cosmatos

Oliver Linsley, Christya Nordstokke

Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott
Hylands, Marilyn Norry