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On the Silver Globe

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On The Silver Globe

"One of cinema's most stunning extravagances and the most frightening art film you will ever see" says Film Comment's Michael Atkinson about this banned science fiction epic by controversial director Andrej Zulawski.

The Polish Ministry of Culture halted production on The Silver Globe in 1978 and until the fall of communism in 1986 when Zulawski completed the film it remained both his best-known and least-seen work.

In this surreal and disturbing mix of Lord of the Flies and Dune a group of space pioneers starts a colony on the moon. As the adults die off the children revert to primitive forms creating their own myths deities and social classes. Years later a politician from earth arrives and–fulfilling the moon people’s prophecy–is hailed as their great messiah. In Polish with English subtitles.

Screened as part of the BFI Sci-Fi season Days of Fear and Wonder