On The Silver Globe (encore screening!)

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, BAMcinématek & Cinespia

“Plays like Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ by way of a Jodorowsky acid-trip spectacle.” — BAMcinématek

A three-hour spaceman journey straight into the center of Andrzej Zulawski’s poetic heart, On The Silver Globe is the director’s most phantasmagorical film. In 1976, Zulawski embarked on the largest-scale film production in Polish history, and over the course of two intense years, executed an eye-popping, grandiloquent sci-fi epic concerning astronauts who crash-land on the moon and kickstart their own bizarre, primitive society. Sadly, the Polish government deemed the film subversive, shut the production down just before shooting was completed, and destroyed its film print materials, sets and impossibly lush costumes. Ten years later, using secreted footage, Zulawski was able to piece together a version of the film that came as close as possible to his original vision — and the results will defy your mind, as even in its reconstituted form, On The Silver Globe is a true brainquake that effortlessly takes you to dizzying heights, and just keeps on elevating. Our 35mm show of On The Silver Globe is truly a once-in-a-lifetime screening, as this archival Polish print may never screen in Los Angeles again!
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1977/1988, 35mm, 166 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “On The Silver Globe”! NOTE: this trailer was originally only for our March 11th show — the showtime of this event entry is Tuesday, March 13th.