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On the Silver Globe ("Na srebrnym globie")

Canadian Premiere
  • Poland
  • 1977
  • 157 mins
  • DCP
  • Polish
  • English (subtitles)
A stunning new restoration of Zulawski’s nearly-lost masterpiece, screening here for the first time in Canada

“One of cinema's most stunning extravagances and the most frightening art film you will ever see" - Michael Atkinson, FILM COMMENT

In 1976, a young director embarked on an epic space opera that told the story of one man destined to lead a rebellion against an evil alien empire…

But this was not George Lucas. While Lucas was toiling away in the Sahara making STAR WARS, Andrzej Zulawski, director of POSSESSION, was battling to make his own science fiction epic in the Gobi desert. It is tempting to say that if Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS was the Soviet Union’s response to Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, then Zulawski’s ON THE SILVER GLOBE was the Eastern Bloc’s answer to STAR WARS. However, Zulawski’s epic was based on a trilogy of books written by his great uncle, Jerzy Zulawski, over a century ago. Stanislaw Lem, the author of “Solaris”, deemed “On the Silver Globe” to be the book which inspired him to write in the science-fiction genre. Featuring stunning locations in the Wieliczka salt mines and Poland’s Baltic coastline, Andrzej Zulawski’s ON THE SILVER GLOBE features some of the most bizarre and startling imagery ever committed to celluloid: heretics impaled on spikes, a mass underground orgy and (years before MAD MAX) a finned Cadillac screaming through the desert… ON THE SILVER GLOBE would have almost certainly placed Zulawski firmly on the forefront of world cinema, but shortly before the end of filming, the project was shut down by the Polish Communist authorities. Almost a decade later, Zulawski was invited back to Poland to complete his broken masterpiece. Recently restored from the original camera negative, ON THE SILVER GLOBE presents a terrifying science fiction vision worlds apart from STAR WARS.

— Daniel Bird