At the time of its production the most expensive production in Polish cinema, Andrzej Zulawski's hallucinogenic sci-fi takes place on the surface of a distant planet, populated by bird like creatures and the descendants of stranded astronauts. Nearly buried by the then Polish Minister of Culture, it resurfaced after a decade to wide acclaim. It screening here in a glorious new digital restoration approved by Zulawski shortly before his death in February.
An inexhaustibly inventive and absorbing film that quite literally creates a new cinematic world, On the Silver Globe is perhaps the grandest expression of Zulawski's visionary artistry. In the autumn of 1977, the project came to a sudden halt when Janusz Wilhelmi was appointed vice-minister of cultural affairs. He interpreted the film's battle between the Selenites and the Szerns as a thinly veiled allegory of the Polish people’s struggle with totalitarianism. Wilhelmi shut down the film project, which was 80% complete, and ordered all materials destroyed.
Screening with The Artist's Cut short film They Live in Forests, They Are Extremely Shy (dir Saeed Taji Farouky).
In association with the Berwick Migrant Support Group
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