Ikarie XB-1

Ikarie XB-1
  • 1963
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 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.

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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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