Strange Lands: International Sci-Fi

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August 22 - 28

What makes good science fiction? That might depend on who—and where—you ask. This eye-popping international assortment presents highlights of the genre that span multiple countries and styles, including a delightful hybrid Czech adaptation of Jules Verne, a campy dystopia from behind the Berlin Wall, the Soviet-era cult hit Kin-dza-dza!, and the rare Italian puzzler Morel’s Invention

Each day in the series spotlights a different country, and many are rare screenings of foreign 35mm prints, with work by auteurs Aleksandr Sokurov, Andrzej Wajda, Ulrike Ottinger, and Elio Petri. The strong grounding of science fiction in literature is represented by adaptations of major authors such as Stanislaw Lem, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Jules Verne, and Adolfo Bioy Casares.

It’s a great chance to see movies from the genre’s renaissance in the late 1960s and 1970s, plus innovative later experiments containing science-fiction elements.

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Days of Eclipse

Days of Eclipse

Aleksandr Sokurov | 1988 | 139 mins

The Strugatsky Brothers’s Billion Years Before the End of the World receives a typically visionary and mystical treatment in Sokurov’s chronicle of a young, worn-out doctor adrift in remote Central Asia. Said to be Sokurov’s response to Tarkovsky.

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Friday, August 22

9:00pm
The End of August at the Hotel Ozone

The End of August at the Hotel Ozone

Jan Schmidt | 1967 | 79 mins

After the nuclear holocaust, a band of women survive an overgrown wilderness through violent means in this hard-edged, savage film. Shot in black and white, and dramatized with an unnerving clear-eyed realism. Screenplay by Pavel Juráček.

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Thursday, August 28

8:45pm
Eolomea

Eolomea

Herrmann Zschoche | 1972 | 82 mins

An epidemic of disappearing spaceships leads to a risky expedition to find some answers in this retro dose of deep-space (and deep-dish) sci-fi from DEFA Studios. Featuring a disaffected anti-hero, lounge-jazz soundtrack, and very-long-distance relationships.

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Saturday, August 23

9:00pm
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

Karel Zeman | 1958 | 90 mins

In this dazzling and imaginative mix of live action and animated drawings, pirates kidnap a professor to steal a new form of explosives and take over the world. A truly delightful 19th-century romp.

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Thursday, August 28

7:00pm
Freak Orlando

Freak Orlando

Ulrike Ottinger | 1981 | 126 mins

Cross-breeding time-travel fantasy with gonzo theater, Ottinger’s gloriously staged and costumed film unfolds in five episodes. The odd tales involve the Spanish Inquisition, traveling entertainers, Greek mythology, assorted bodily oddities, and general carnivalesque mayhem. Starring the formidable Magdalena Montezuma.

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Saturday, August 23

4:15pm
Golem

Golem

Piotr Szulkin | 1980 | 92 mins

A postapocalyptic program to engineer a new, pliable race of humans yields a rogue creation, in this surreal paranoid precursor to Blade Runner.

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Monday, August 25

7:00pm
Hospital of the Transfiguration

Hospital of the Transfiguration

Edward Zebrowski | 1979 | 90 mins

In this adaptation of an unnerving World War II novel by science-fiction titan Stanislaw Lem, a new doctor at a grim psychiatric hospital faces an all-too-real horrific future when the Nazis take over. Screening with Roly Poly (Andrzej Wajda, 30m). 

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Monday, August 25

9:00pm
In the Dust of the Stars

In the Dust of the Stars

Gottfried Kolditz | 1976 | 95 mins

This colorfully camp, juicily scored delight from East Germany’s DEFA Studio drops us onto a working-class planet enslaved by decadent rulers. Influenced by Zardoz and Logan’s Run, the fantasy features gaudy visions of opulence as only a socialist republic could imagine.

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Saturday, August 23

7:00pm
Kin-dza-dza!

Kin-dza-dza!

Georgiy Daneliya | 1986 | 135 mins

A cult classic, this absurd glasnost-era satire follows the misadventures of two Russians who are accidentally teleported to the desert planet Pluke—home to bizarre kowtowing customs, Mad Max junk-heap aircraft, and an economy based upon matchsticks.

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Friday, August 22

6:15pm

Saturday, August 23

1:30pm
Morel’s Invention

Morel’s Invention

Emidio Greco | 1974 | 110 mins

A shipwrecked man stumbles upon a monumental mansion where a group of people live under the influence of a strange time-bending machine. From the book by Argentine author Adolfo Bioy Casares. With Anna Karina and John Steiner as Morel.

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Wednesday, August 27

7:00pm
The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim

Elio Petri | 1965 | 92 mins

Marcello Mastroianni is a playboy who joins a televised game in which paired participants hunt down and kill each other. His love-hate foe: Ursula Andress. Featuring pop-art design, an electronic score, and an opening shot on the demolition site of old Penn Station.

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Wednesday, August 27

9:20pm
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