Beyond the Black Rainbow

Synopsis: Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.
Director(s): Panos Cosmatos
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  5 wins.
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110 min

Hello, my name

is Dr. Mercurio Arboria,

and I am the founder

of the Arboria Institute.

It has long been my dream

to find the perfect way

for people to achieve simply...



inner peace.

These seem to be things

that strangely elude us all,

but it doesn't have

to be that way.

We at Arboria have found a path

to achieve them.

Here at the Institute,

we are in the forefront worldwide

in neuro-psychology

and new therapeutic technologies.

Dr. Barry Nyle,

our head of research,


and our dedicated team

of herbalists, naturopaths, and healers

have found a way

to make that dream a reality.

Through our unique blend

of benign pharmacology,

sensory therapy,

and energy sculpting,

we can guide you

gently along the path

to a new, better, happier you,

all in the comfortable surroundings

of our state-of-the-art facility

and our award-winning gardens.

We invite you to join us...

and find out for your...


Warm her up.

Special 1-1-8-3.

Hello, Elena.

How are you today?

How are you feeling?

Have you had...

any headaches?

You can tell me.

Your readings are relatively stable.

Very good.

That's very, very good.

You know, this is always

the highlight of my day.




I didn't hear you come in.

Been sleeping long?


I wasn't sleeping.

I was... meditating.

Oh, you were meditating, yeah.

Is everything okay?

Everything's fine.

If you're hungry,

there's some brown rice

and steamed asparagus

in the refrigerator.

That sounds really good.

No, I'm not hungry...

thank you.


It's been a long day.



just going to hit the hay early.


Good night, Barry.

Good night, Rosemary.

Night Mode.

Rest peacefully and reflect.

I am so sorry

that you were never able

to meet your mother.

She was a very beautiful woman.

She was a very desirable woman.

Would you...

would you like to

have a photo of her?

Would you like that?

Because you may just find one

in your room.

You know,

you are looking more

and more

like your mother every day.

You look tired today.

It's easy to become disillusioned

when you

don't know who you are...

or what you are.

I know who I am.

That's what gives me

my confidence...

and my power.

And I know who you are, too, Elena.

I can guide you

towards that achievement...

to find your inner strength

and your inner power.

We all have other forms...

and your inner self...

needs another to complete it.


can help you do that.

You just...

Have to let me...




to see...




Oh, Elena. Elena, Elena, Elena.

Elena, you know you can't.

You're a very sick girl, Elena.

You're not well.



is in chaos, Elena.

These are...

times of great uncertainty

and terrible danger.

And you are not ready.

You're just not well.

Don't worry, Elena,

you'll see him again one day.

I promise.

Piece of sh*t.




We do have a system in place.

Yes, a comprehensive list

has been compiled.

I see.

That's fine.


why don't you answer

the f***ing phone?


Yes, Dr. Nyle?

It's come to my...

attention, Margo...

Yes, Dr. Nyle?

It's come to my attention that...

Elena may be hiding...

an illicit object

from us.

Oh, really?


Keep your eyes peeled.

- Yes, Dr. Nyle, I certainly will.

- Good.

- Very good.

- Dr. Nyle?


How do you think she would have

come into possession of the object?

I don't know, Margo.

I don't know.

But I'm looking into it.

Day Mode.

Every sunrise brings a new tomorrow.

Good morning.

Hope you're hungry.

Looks better than usual today.

What have you got there,

a special picture?

Let me see.

Oh, come on, I'm just curious.

That wasn't so hard, now, was it?

Who is this?

Is it your mother?

Where is she?

Did she die?


Enjoy your dinner.


Please stop.


Are you awake?

Dr. Arboria.


Barry, is that you, my friend?

Yes, Dr. Arboria, it's me.


Come closer so I can see you.

It's wonderful to see you again.

You're looking well, my friend.

Thank you, Dr. Arboria.

So are you.

Oh, Barry,


no need to flatter an old man.

I know I've...

seen better days.


the trappings

of the mortal world are...

but a distraction,

wouldn't you say?

Of course, Dr. Arboria.


What really matters...

the part of ourselves

we must nurture the most...

is here.

I couldn't agree more.

Would you mind...

assisting me?

Of course, Dr. Arboria.

Aren't these videos of the nature...

beautiful, Barry?

They make me

remember a simpler time.

Yes, Dr. Arboria.

Me too.

You are about to embark

on a great journey.

Are you ready, my friend?

I am ready.

Good luck.

Thank you.

Bring home the mother lode, Barry.

Your mother's reabsorption

into the cycle of life

won't be for nothing,

my darling Elena.

You will be the dawning of a new era

for the human race

and the human soul.

Let the new age

of enlightenment begin.

No, Barry.

I don't like to see the...

on my arm.

Of course.

How is my darling Elena?

Well, Dr. Arboria.

She's very well.

That's wonderful.

Thank you.

Are you ready?

Yes, yes.

That's wonderful, Barry.


That's so...


Isn't it...



It is.

The dormant volcano...

Haleakala Crater.

Mark Twain described sunrise here

as "the sublimest spectacle

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Panos Cosmatos

Panos Cosmatos; born in 1974, Rome, Italy, is an Italian-Canadian film director, and screenwriter. He is known for Beyond the Black Rainbow and Mandy. more…

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