The Human Surge

The Human Surge

Eduardo Williams / 2016 / 97 minutes / Spine #07

Buenos Aires. Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. His neighbors and friends seem as odd to him as they always do. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle. Through the dense vegetation of the forest, Archie tracks ants back to their nest. One of them wanders off course and comes across Chai, a Filipina who is sitting on a giant heap of earth and about to return to her strange, beautiful home town. The mysterious, humorous ways in which their adventures connect (or don’t) fuels The Human Surge, a film of our present moment that boldly and wildly looks towards our future.


• Three Short Films by Eduardo Williams

Could See a Puma (2011, 18 minutes)

That I’m Falling? (2013, 15 minutes)

I Forgot! (2014, 28 minutes)

• Theatrical Trailer


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  • "A cosmic experience. Williams’ ingenious feature debut feels like a movie happening ten minutes into the future."

    — Robert Greene, Sight & Sound
  • “Mysterious and poetic.”

    — Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
  • "Thrilling. Represents a technologically fluent new wave of contemporary storytelling.”

    — Teo Bugbee, MTV News
  • “An exhilarating, boldly paradoxical experience.”

    — Nick Pinkerton, Artforum
  • “Visually thrilling.”

    — Elle Bittencourt, Frieze Magazine
  • "A heckuva stimulating cinematic achievement."

    — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
  • “Monumental.”

    — Michael Koresky, Film Comment
  • “A staggeringly accomplished first feature."

    — Giovanni Marchini, Filmmaker Magazine
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