Moebius Underworld

[Image: A scene from Moebius, spotted via meanwhile...].

meanwhile... points us to a film called Moebius, "in which a train on the subway system of Buenos Aires suddenly disappears and a mathematician is called in to examine the mystery."
The mathematician soon discovers, as another site explains, "that the subway system, with its countless add-ons over the years, has become so incredibly labyrinthine [that] a gigantic moebius strip was unwittingly created which the missing train is now trapped on."
The film's director, Gustavo Mosquera, goes through the political implications of the subway's "disappeared" riders in this conversation, published in 1998.
Anyone out there seen it? The film, that is (not the missing subway train)?

(Vaguely related: Portable entryways and Urban Knot Theory).

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Anonymous y k b k said...

very great film...
A postal of retro-future post-apocaliptic Buenos Aires

February 09, 2007 1:54 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

The A.J. Deutsch short story ("A Subway Named Moebius") is a classic - read it if you get a chance.

February 09, 2007 3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be a nice double-feature with 'The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3,' which stars Walter Matthau's tie.

February 09, 2007 6:01 AM  
Anonymous Heman Chong said...

I saw the film years ago at the Singapore Film Festival and the director Gustavo Mosquera gave a short and humble introduction to the film. Switching between talking about the political suggestions of the film and the technical aspects of how it was being filmed (apparently with a hand cranked 35mm film camera), Mosquera drew a image of how he saw film-making as a kind of aesthetic gesture encoded in a socio-political context of a nation's deep secrets. Very very worth watching, esp. if you are interested in films from South America that explores the emotive side of film noir.

February 09, 2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger ERic said...

Is that Deutsch one on the Boston subway? I remember reading an SF story MAAAAAAAAAAAANY years ago with exactly this problem on the Boston subway. Only I thought it was Asimov that wrote it. Maybe I'm getting it confused with Heinlein's (?) And He Built a Crooked House.

February 09, 2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

link to a torrent file is available here:

February 09, 2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger César said...

One interesting thing to point is that it was done mostly by university students, and even though they had a really tight budget, they could produce this film remarkably. It's also available on the emule network, but I'm not sure if you will be able to find subtitles for it.

February 09, 2007 2:28 PM  
Blogger aberron said...

OMG! I saw this film years ago and I loved it. Recently I looked for some information about the film but I didn't find almost anything. I saw the film in Madrid, in a very minoritary festival. I think the story is based on a short tale by Julio Cortazar and was filmed by college students. I'm glad you liked it too, I usually read your blog but I never commented before. Thank you so much for this post!!

February 09, 2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

Hey - Thanks for all the links, and the torrent file, and everything - Much appreciated!

February 09, 2007 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

After much Googling and wishing I'd tried a bit harder to learn Spanish; you can download a subtitle file to go with the torrents from

Phew. Excellent, excellent film.

February 11, 2007 9:29 PM  
Blogger David said...

You can see the trailer (non-subtitled) on YouTube -

February 13, 2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger t1ernd0g said...

I second the "Subway Named Moebius" short-story comment.

February 13, 2007 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome film!

February 14, 2007 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I find the movie?
I tried BitTurrent, but the movie is no longer there


May 02, 2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...

It's part of a great collection of stories from an anthology "fantasia mathematica"

September 05, 2008 10:31 AM  

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