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23 Sep 2013

DVD release: Ikarie XB 1

Jindrich Polak’s pioneering and much-imitated feature Ikarie XB 1 is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. It predates Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was clearly an influence on both, as well as on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed. It is now finally available in the UK in its complete original form from Second Run DVD. The release is accompanied by screenings around the UK as part of this year’s Scalarama Festival.

Adapted from Stanisław Lem's 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, the film is set in 2163 and follows a mission deep into space in search of alien life. During their perilous journey the crew confront the effects of a malignant dark star, the destructive legacy of the 20th century and, ultimately, the limits of their own sanity. With outstanding design and cinematography, Ikarie XB 1 is imbued with a seriousness, intelligence and attention to detail rarely seen in science-fiction cinema of the period. Second Run are delighted to present this seminal work of fantasy cinema for the first time ever in the UK.


Ikarie XB 1 will be screened as part of this year’s Scalarama Festival throughout September

04/09/2013     Newcastle - Star and Shadow Cinema                          
Web: http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1239
The Star And Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2NP

05/09/2013     London - Riverside Studios Cinema
Web: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/season.pl?f=Second%20Run%20DVD%20and%20Scalarama
Riverside Studios Cinema, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Box office:  020 8237 1111

12/09/2013     London- Stratford East Picturehouse                              
Web: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/film/Ikarie_Xb_1/
Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, London E15 1BX
Box Office: 0871 902 5740

13/09/2013     Leicester - Phoenix Cinema  
Web: http://phoenix.org.uk/index.php?cms_id=830
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG
Box Office: 0116 242 2800


13 & 14/09/2013        Derby - QUAD                                       
Web: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/ikarie-xb-1-u-s
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
Box Office: 01332 290 606


24/09/2013     Canterbury – Gulbenkian Cinema, University of Kent                        
Web: http://www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/
The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB
Box Office: 01227 769075


Date tbc          Manchester - Kino                                    



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