The Call of the Kosmos: Soviet Science Fiction

Toward Meeting a Dream (USSR 1963)

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, Friday 15 July, 5-5:30pm, Resonance 104.4 FM

To mark the Kosmos: A Soviet Space Odyssey season at BFI Southbank, Virginie S&#233lavy talks to Russian scholar Sergei Kapterev, from the Institute of Film Art in Moscow, about Soviet science fiction, including the first Russian SF film, Aelita Queen of Mars (1924), the connection between SF cinema and politics, the impact of the space race and the Cold War period, pioneering filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972) and Stalker (1979), and Roger Corman’s re-edits of popular Soviet sci-fi films.

This programme coincides with our exploration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s work throughout July.