Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

Europa Report

Release: August 2
Director: Sebastián Cordero
Cast: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Nyqvist, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

Europa One, we are told early in Sebastián Cordero’s Europa Report, was “the first attempt to send men and women into deep space,” and their story can now be told via “thousands of hours of recently declassified footage.” But before you click away, rest assured: this is not another dull found-footage-in-space pic, á la Apollo 18. Like the recent (and effective) The Bay, Europa Report is faux documentary rather than merely found footage, its jazzy cutting latching on to a clean structure that hopscotches through the chronology of events and economically disperses its secrets. This is brainy, quiet science fiction, in which the slowly mounting intensity and accumulating sense of doom are more bracing than the special effects.