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Ikarie XB-1 (1963)

Ikarie XB-1 (Voyage to the End of the Universe)

Jindřich Polák | Czech Republic | 1963 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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A pioneering piece of sci-fi cinema that influenced the works of Stanley Kubrick and Gene Roddenberry.

A retelling of acclaimed Polish writer Stanisław Lem’s 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, Jindřich Polák’s Voyage to the End of the Universe (more commonly known by the Czech name Ikarie XB-1), is set in the year 2163 where a mission to deep space is searching for alien life. As the crew travel further and further away from civilisation they are confronted with the hazards of space – and their own minds.

A seminal piece of work, Ikarie XB-1’s influence can be seen throughout sci-fi cinema and TV history from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Trek. With stylised design and cinematography, the visuals are aided by a strong cast and the stunning score by Zdeněk Liška. This copy comes to us digitally restored from the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: Digital
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: The National Film Archive (Národní filmový archiv)
Duration: 83

Presented by CaSFFA, ACMI, the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Canberra and the State Government of Victoria.


1–14 Dec 2020

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