Ikarie XB-1

86 mins.
Directed by Jindrich Polák
NR
Czech with subtitles
1963

Playing through December 17.
 

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A visionary work of Eastern Bloc science fiction, this mesmerizing Czechoslovak adaptation of a novel by Stanisław Lem melds Cold War ideology and utopian futurism into a tour de force of space-age modernism.

In the year 2163, a band of astronauts embarks on a fifteen-year voyage deep into outer space, in hopes of discovering life in another galaxy. It’s a perilous journey during which they will confront the wreckage of the twentieth century, the chilling vastness of the cosmos, and their own mortality.

A triumph of avant-garde production design that served as a model for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, IKARIE XB 1—long known internationally only through a mangled and dubbed reedit—is a singular sci-fi landmark that finds both terror and wonder in the unknown.

Enjoy this new 4K restoration of the original Czech cut, available for the first time in the US, from Janus Films.