Lapsis

Lapsis

Directed by Noah Hutton
Angola, U.S. | 2020 | Narrative
104 minutes | English
Available Nov. 5-22
Available Only in MO/IL

“Lapis” takes place in an alternate-present New York in which the quantum computing revolution has begun and investors are lining their pockets in the quantum trading market. Building the network, however, requires miles of infrastructure to be laid between huge magnetic cubes by “cablers” — unprotected gig workers who compete against robots to pull wires over rough terrain. Queens deliveryman Ray Tincelli is skeptical of new technology, and the buy-in to start cabling is steep, but he struggles to support himself and his ailing younger brother, who suffers from a mysterious illness. So when Ray scores a shady permit, he believes their fortunes may have finally changed. What he doesn't expect is to be pulled into a conspiracy involving hostile cablers, corporate greed, and the mysterious Lapsis, who may have previously owned his permit. Called “a smart class-conscious sci-fi parable” by the Hollywood Reporter, “Lapsis” is a darkly comic and timely look at the failed utopian promises of big tech. Variety writes: “This tale of a floundering gig-economy worker straddles both the bleak present-tense reality of Ken Loach’s ‘Sorry We Missed You’ and the subversive near-future political satire of Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ while arriving at a whimsical critique all its own.”