Jim Finn’s Cosmonaut musical “Interkosmos” lands at Film Center on international fest circuit

“Interkosmos,” the cosmonaut musical that’s sweeping the international festival circuit, has its hometown premiere May 7 and 11 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The debut feature by experimental filmmaker Jim Finn, “Interkosmos” charts the course of an East German-led international team of 1970’s space colonists who break out of the Communist-documentary style for dance numbers and other flights of fancy.

“Interkosmos” had its world premiere in January at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, then opened the New York Underground Film Festival in March.

“A lot of people in Europe wanted to know why an American was interested in making a film about East Germany,” Finn said. “In New York no one asked about that. At both festivals people were really excited about the music, and they said it was funny and smart and people liked the look of it.”

Finn is exploring distribution opportunities for “Interkosmos,” and for its soundtrack by Jim Becker of Califone and Colleen Burke of We Ragazzi, with Jim White of the Dirty Three.