The Impossible Voyage (Cesta do Nemožna)
1–14 Dec 2020
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Through illusions, puppetry and visual effects, Noro Držiak tells the short, but adventurous life story of Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880–1919).
Well known to Slovak’s the world over, Štefánik was a politician and diplomat, aviator and adventurer, a freemason and an astronomer. He believed strongly in Czechoslovakian sovereignty and campaigned across Europe to this end.
Commissioned as part of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, The Impossible Voyage is a novel approach to telling the story of Štefánik's short but very full life. Part historical drama, part adventure, part romance, Slovak animator and director Noro Držiak presents an enjoyable look at this man’s very unique life, through a combination of trick illusions, hand paintings, puppetry, and a whole assortment of special effects.
As the English title suggests, the film is also a homage to early cinema pioneer Georges Méliès' The Impossible Voyage (1904).
Presented by CaSFFA, ACMI, the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Canberra and the State Government of Victoria.