Second Run Sundays: Ikarie XB1

IKARIE XB 1, 1963 + Introduction Jindřich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature Ikarie XB 1 is one of the cornerstones of contemporary science fiction cinema. It predates Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was clearly a pronounced influence on both - and on countless other sci-fi films and TV shows that followed. Adapted from Stanisław Lem's novel The Magellanic Cloud, the film is set in 2163 and follows a mission deep into space in search of alien life. During their perilous journey the crew confront the effects of a malignant dark star, the destructive legacy of the 20th century and, ultimately, the limits of their own sanity. With outstanding design and cinematography, and a superb score by Zdeněk Liška, Ikarie XB 1 is imbued with a seriousness, intelligence and attention to detail rarely seen in science-fiction cinema of the period. "Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made... packed with sublime moments unlike those of any film preceding it. A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren't only about special effects; they were also high art. Of the hardest and most admirable kind" Alex Cox, The Guardian “Finally available in its complete, original form, Polák’s groundbreaking celestial saga is every bit as impressive today as it was in 1963. Don’t tell me Kubrick missed this one…” – Joe Dante, filmmakerSci-FiPT1H23MPG2024-09-01
Zdeněk Štěpánek
Radovan Lukavský
Dana Medřická
Miroslav Macháček
František Smolík
Jindřich Polák
Filmové Studio Barrandov
Rudolf Wolf
Second Run Sundays: Ikarie XB1"Second Run Sundays: Ikarie XB1"


September 1, 1:00 pm

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