The unexpected lyricism of the vision of future life among steel and glass. 

Case study of a debut feature by Andrew Nicoll with DOP Slawomir Idziak. An American science fiction film was a 1997 nominee for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

Defying a system obsessed with genetic perfection, Vincent - a man marked out as an In-Valid - assumes the identity of a member of the biological elite in order to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, Vincent is implicated as a suspect in a murder case. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.

One of the first major Hollywood movies to deal with the effects of genetic engineering on human civilization, “Gattaca,” New Zealander helmer Andrew Niccol’s impressive feature debut, is an intelligent and timely sci-fi thriller that, with the exception of some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end.


The movie draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society. It also explores the idea of destiny and the ways in which it can and does govern lives. Characters in Gattaca continually battle both with society and with themselves to find their place in the world and who they are destined to be according to their genes.

Andrew Niccol says about his director of photography Slawomir Idziak: "He was a great part of the collaboration for me, because we couldn't reconstruct the world, so we sort of painted it: we heavily filtered the film and put this yellow cast over a lot of the exteriors to give it, you could say a 'jaundiced look', or you could say a 'golden look.' But it just changed the look of any contemporary features that strayed in front of the camera."

Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Screenplay by: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Gore Vidal, Jude Law, Alan Arkin
Cinematography: Slawomir Idziak
Music by: Michael Nyman
Edited by: Lisa Zeno Churgin         

106 minutes