Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival next week, which means we’re finally seeing images and the first clip from this science fiction, family, and small town drama.

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Here’s the official synopsis:

Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. Gradually, we begin to understand why this boy with extraordinary powers has to wear protective glasses. We also learn why religious extremists are interested in him, and why both the local police and high-ranking American government officials are hot on the heels of father and son. In his new film Jeff Nichols may have changed genres but he remains true to himself. Midnight Special is an idiosyncratic mixture of science-fiction and family saga; at the same time, Nichols continues to explore the structures of violence and paranoia in small-town America, showing us both the influence wielded by arch-conservative sects and the powerlessness of the individual in the face of an aggressive state apparatus. The longer their flight continues, the more fantastical it becomes as we observe a loving father undertaking everything in his power to lead his son to his destiny a destiny that could also decide the fate of the entire world.

In the clip, we see most things mentioned in the description. There’s a terrified father, a boy in googles, a suspicious stranger, and something in the sky.

Midnight Special opens March 18.

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