Science fiction’s long cinematic history – a history as long as that of cinema itself – is rich with works of high art as well as low, with films both profound and populist, and with filmmakers and storytellers at the cutting edge of both the reel and the real.
In 2017, MIFF boldly goes where no MIFF has gone before, presenting a massive Sci-Fi Retrospective featuring many of the genre’s most groundbreaking, influential and important films alongside some of its most inventive and entertaining. Significantly, many of these films are also hard-to-find, visually breathtaking spectacles that are best seen in the cinema. We’re thrilled to be showing these works, and equally thrilled to reveal the first titles in the program:
- Karel Zeman’s uniquely poetic steampunk delight Invention for Destruction, a 1958 screen adaptation of Jules Verne unlike anything seen before, or since
- Jindřich Polák’s little-known but far-reaching masterpiece Ikarie XB-1, to which Gene Roddenberry and Stanley Kubrick, among many others, owe a huge debt
- Elio Petri’s wild slice of kitschy 60s sci-spy eye-candy The 10th Victim, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress
- and Joseph Losey’s 1963 Hammer production These are the Damned, now regarded as one of the greatest UK sci-fi films of all time.
Two major highlights of the program – both on sale now! – will be an all-night cult Sci-Fi Marathon at The Astor; and a special screening of René Laloux’s mesmerising ‘70s landmark Fantastic Planet, with an original score courtesy of Melbourne space rockers Krakatau under the aegis of the Hear My Eyes collective.