Mapping Impossible Boundaries

Andrei SIMUČš


The aim of this study is to investigate the avatars of the authoritarian city in a few recent dystopian films. Our aim is also to interpret the return of the city boundaries, of a highly segregated cityscape, as opposed to the boundless virtual city, in a few recent movies: District 9 (2009), Repo Men (2010), Adjustment Bureau (2011), In Time (2011), Elysium (2013), and Divergent (2014). These films tend to center on divisions and on the dialectic between the dystopian city and the post-apocalyptic abandoned city/zone. They are also very significant for the dystopian turn that the mainstream movies have taken after the economic crisis (2008).

Keywords: segregation, boundaries, dystopian city, abandoned city, authoritarian city