- 1h 26min
- Directed by: Jindrich Polák
- Cast: Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Smolík, Dana Medrická
- Language: Czech
In the year 2163 Starship Ikaria XB 1 goes on an epic exploration across the universe to search for life on the mysterious 'White Planet' orbiting the star Alpha Centauri.
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
Direction Jindřich Polák With Zdeněk Štěpánek, František Smolík, Dana Medřická Set design Jan Zázvorka Costumes Ester Krumbachová, Jan Skalický and Vladimír Synek
With an introduction by Marketa Uhlirova
Ikarie XB -1 is an ambitious science fiction space opera, possibly best known for prefiguring many visual and thematic motifs of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This ‘Space Marienbad’, as one critic called it, perfectly epitomises an era defined by a raging space race and cultural competition between the East and the West. The film portrays an idealised communist civilisation circa 2163 as it embarks on a voyage beyond our solar system. Its real protagonist is a monumental discovery spaceship Ikarie, a self-contained world in miniature designed to impress an international audience with its vision of a highly advanced lifestyle, as imagined by a small socialist country. While Jan Zázvorka ‘futuristic’ sets are firmly anchored in the then-prevalent ideology of utopianism and technological progress, the wardrobe, designed by Ester Krumbachová, establishes more nuanced relations with contemporary fashion.
Ikarie XB -1 is screened as part of the event programme for CCA 's upcoming exhibition A Weakness for Raisins, on the life and work of Ester Krumbachová,which runs from 8 December - 27 January. More information on the exhibition can be found at the CCA website.
The exhibition and film programme is organized by CCA Glasgow and Are | are-events.orgin collaboration with Panel and in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre; Czech Centre London; Czech Film Fund; National Film Archive, Prague; BIONAUT ; The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; Czech Television; DW Agency, Prague; MAP Magazine; and Second Run; and supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, and the Czech Centre London.
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Ikarie XB-1 - trailer
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