Double Bill: Revisiting Solaris & Ikarie XB-1 (aka Voyage to the End of the Universe)

To accompany his exhibition, We Stared at the Moon from the Centre of the Sun, Haroon Mirza curates a season of classic occult and sci-fi films featuring solar and lunar symbolism.

Revisiting Solaris

Dir: Deimantas Narkevicius, 2007, 18 mins

Forty years after appearing in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, actor Donatas Banionis reprises his role as Chris Kelvin in this short film, directed by Lithuanian video artist Deimantas Narkevicius. It focuses the last chapter of Lems’ book, which was left out of Tarkovsky’s original adaptation.

Ikarie XB-1

Dir: Jindrich Polák, 1964 (U) 86 mins

Said to be amongst the most important sources of inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this unique Czech classic boasts masterful special effects and impressive production design. Set in 2163, the film follows a 40-person crew on a mission into deep space in search of alien life, encountering a malignant dark star on the way.

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