400 Days

Synopsis: "400 Days" centers on four astronauts sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew's mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.
Director(s): Matt Osterman
  1 nomination.
91 min

Cooper, Theo.

Time to go.

Hey bro,

You got any more of those smokes?

Quitting anyway.

Muchas gracias.

Public intoxication...

disorderly conduct...

sustained crisis.

Have a nice day.

The board wanted to boot you off.

And I agreed with them.

You can count your lucky stars

it's too late to find someone else.

All the potential in the world, huh?

Many years ago,

the great British

explorer, George Mallory,

who was to die

on Mount Everest, was asked

why did he want to climb it.

He said, "Because it is there. "

Well, space is there, and

we're going to climb it.

We choose to go to the moon.

We choose to go to the moon.

We choose to go to the moon in

this decade and do other things

not because they are easy,

but because they are hard.

Because that goal will serve

to organize and measure the best

of our energies and skills.

We've grown used to the idea of space

and perhaps we forget

that we've only just begun.

it's hard to dazzle us.

but for twenty-five years

the United States space

program has been doing just that.

And slipped the surly bounds of earth

to touch the face of God.

- We'll start by sending

astronauts to an asteroid

for the first time in history.

By the mid 2030s,

I believe we can send humans to orbit

Mars and return them safely to Earth.

And a landing on Mars will follow.

What I hope is that everybody will

take a look at what we are planning.

We will work with a growing array

of private companies competing to make

getting to space easier

and more affordable.

That's how we'll ensure

that our leadership in space

is even stronger in this new century

than it was in the last.

At its core, it's a social experiment

designed to test the psychological

effects of deep space travel.

With Kepler's first actual

manned mission just a few years away,

we need to know how these four

astronaut hopefuls will react to

unforeseen challenges on board the

ship. You can think of it as a...

an elaborate dress-rehearsal.

- Where is this ship

you keep mentioning?

You're sitting on it.

- We felt that by

placing them underground,

it would be more realistic

and... well, more inconspicuous.

What are you most concerned about?

- We know that the human

mind can be pretty powerful

when left to its own devices.

And in an environment

like this reality can

become subjective in a hurry.

Dr. McTier is nothing if not honest.

And... and brave. -We're

all a little crazy to sign

up for a mission this long, but

it's also the quickest way to get our

ticket punched on an actual mission.

- And Mr. Dvorak here, in

addition to his regular duties,

has been tasked with

creating a weekly web video

to keep all of you

apprised on the outside.

- Can you tell us about some of

the experiments you have planned?

- I have a relatively

exciting desk analysis

planned for the duration of the trip.

The... the amount of my

PC will blow your mind.

- What about you, captain?

You've been awfully quiet.

- Well, I'm... my girlfriend

just broke up with me

and I'm extremely hung over

from a four day bender,

so I... I don't really know

how much I can contribute

to this conversation.

We also

uh... have planned to throw a

few curve balls at our astronauts

and see how they react to those.

Let's just say that anything can happen.

Remember our deal.


You take care of my baby.

Alright? -Yes, sir.

- A big part of me wishes

I was going with you.

If any of you quits early,

I'll 86 your career in a nanosecond.

I'm not kidding.


Godspeed. See you at launch.

You know this mission's fake, right?

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Matt Osterman

Matt Osterman is an American independent filmmaker who was born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also known for his work writing and directing the films Ghost from the Machine and 400 Days. more…

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