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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 OdysseyIkarie 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.

  • Year
    1963
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    Czech
  • Country
    Czech Republic
  • Director
    Jindřich Polák
  • Screenwriter
    Pavel Juráček, Jindřich Polák
  • Cast
    Zdeněk Štěpánek, Radovan Lukavský, František Smolík
  • Cinematographer
    Jan Kališ
  • Editor
    Josef Dobřichovský
  • Production Design
    Karel Luka, Jan Zázvorka
  • Music
    Zdenek Liska