Miguel Llansó

Spain, Estonia, Ethiopia, Latvia, Romania, United Kingdom, 2019 / 82 min / English OV with French subt. / action, comedy, science fiction

Collaboration Cinélunatique

An unexpected mix of 70s exploitation flicks, espionage films and comedy set across Ethiopia, Spain and Estonia that is sure to keep you on your toes.

CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano are tasked with the mission of neutralising a dangerous computer virus called "Soviet Union". To enter the infected computer system, they need to venture deep into a virtual reality simulation. But the mission turns into a trap: the virus is far more complex than they ever expected and linked to the darkest spheres of power. It takes over the system, leaving the entire world’s stability in jeopardy. While the virus’ capabilities start reaching into the real world, developing obscure and complex political plots, Gagano, trapped in the virtual reality, must find a way to escape and assure his survival only to discover that nothing is what it seems.

Fri 13/03 22:30 Cinémathèque EN OV with FR subt. Public

“Some of the more obscure guilty-pleasure subgenres familiar to fans of international psychotronic cinema get thrown in a blender to create Miguel Llansó’s second feature. […] those with a simpatico arcane pop-cultural taste for giddy absurdism will find Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway as delightfully nonsensical as its inspired title. […] Its shoestring production values don’t hobble the proceedings – indeed, it’s the no-budget realization of fantastical ideas and FX that lends much of the charm here.” Dennis Harvey, Variety, 02/08/2019

“In its sheer perversity, this Rube Goldbergian movie is more drolly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. But it is unquestionably not quite like anything else before it (excepting perhaps “Crumbs”), and that’s a virtue from which cult followings are born. The entire package is ingeniously tacky, from the energetic and idiosyncratic performances (as well as their deliberately crude English dubbing) to the vintage Z-movie fashions, dated technology (’80s computers, ’70s telephones, etc.) and liberal use of stock footage.” Dennis Harvey, Variety, 02/08/2019

“Mystery, intrigue, and wackadoo kung-fu insanity are just the beginning as Llansó throws in a little bit of everything, including the kitchen sink to make this one of the most original features of the year.” J. Hurtado, Screenarchy, 13/07/2019

“Miguel Llansó pays homage to the afrofuturism of Nollywood cinema with his extraordinary science-fiction satire on capitalism and the fear of artificial intelligence […] Staying ever true to his own particular style, the Estonia-based Spanish filmmaker invites intrepid audiences of Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway to dive into a narrative abyss leaving their parachutes behind. Indeed, from the very beginning of this frantic film, the action unfolds in the epicentre of a bizarre dystopian story” Carlota Moseguí, Cineuropa, 12/07/2019

  • Audience Award, Fantasia Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Imaging the Future Award, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, 2019 (Switzerland)
  • New Visions Award – Special Mention, Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival, 2019 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Daniel Tadesse Gagano, Agustín Mateo, Guillermo Llansó, Gerda-Anette Allikas, Lauri Lagle, Iveta Pole, Solomon Tashe, Carlo Pironti, Rene Köster
Miguel Llansó
Israel Seoane, Erik Põllumaa, Michal Babinec
Artis Dukalskis, Edgars Gultnieks, Marius Leftarache
Bill Dixon, Atomizador, Grosgoroth
Lanzadera Films, Alasti Kino, Bira Biro Films
Avanpost, Mojo Raiser Production, Rook Films
Lanzadera Films

Miguel Llansó is a Spanish filmmaker born in Madrid in 1979. After studying philosophy and film, he moved to Ethiopia, where he lived for three years and made most of his afro-futuristic films. Inspired by Werner Herzog, he previously shot Where Is My Dog? (2010), which was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Next, he directed the short Chigger Ale (2013) that tells the story of an Ethiopian clone of Hitler and screened in Locarno, as well as over 25 other festivals. Crumbs (2015), his first feature film, won several international awards. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) is his second feature. It premiered in Sitges, before screening at Fantasia and Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival.

  • 2019 – Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
  • 2015 – Crumbs
  • 2015 – Night in the Wild Garden (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2013 – The Second Best (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2013 – Here Come the Problems (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 – First Peasant on Mars (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 – Perro Líquen (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Where Is My Dog? (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)