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The End of Civilization: Three Films By Piotr Szulkin

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Released: 4th December 2023. Masquerading as both works of science fiction and horror, Piotr Szulkin's satirical, surrealistic apocalypse trilogy is Polish cinema's best-kept secret. These highly imaginative works of fantasy are bound by a preoccupation with the machinations of power and a distinct, visual sensibility. In a radical reworking of the H.G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds: Next Century, tells the story of Iron Idem (Roman Wilhelmi), a television host, who finds himself contending with a Martian invasion, whose takeover involves collaborating with the state and manipulating the populace through a media apparatus made up entirely of fake news. Meanwhile, in O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization, the survivors of a claustrophobic, subterranean world in ruins are pacified by Soft (Jerzy Stuhr), who engineers a mass collective dream of escape through means of a mythical vessel, The Ark. Finally, in the darkly comic Ga, Ga: Glory to the Heroes, Scope (Daniel Olbrychski) must be tried and convicted of a heinous crime for him to participate in a bloody, televised gladiator contest. Frequently butting heads with Polish authorities both before and after the collapse of Communism, writer and director Piotr Szulkin remains a unique visual stylist whose parables of power transcend easy genre pigeonholing.

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  • Details

    Released:
    4th December 2023
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Studio:
    Radiance Films
    Format:
    Blu-ray Box Set
    Certification:
    15 – Suitable only for 15 years and over
    Barcode:
    5060974680580
  • Description

    Masquerading as both works of science fiction and horror, Piotr Szulkin's satirical, surrealistic apocalypse trilogy is Polish cinema's best-kept secret. These highly imaginative works of fantasy are bound by a preoccupation with the machinations of power and a distinct, visual sensibility. In a radical reworking of the H.G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds: Next Century, tells the story of Iron Idem (Roman Wilhelmi), a television host, who finds himself contending with a Martian invasion, whose takeover involves collaborating with the state and manipulating the populace through a media apparatus made up entirely of fake news. Meanwhile, in O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization, the survivors of a claustrophobic, subterranean world in ruins are pacified by Soft (Jerzy Stuhr), who engineers a mass collective dream of escape through means of a mythical vessel, The Ark. Finally, in the darkly comic Ga, Ga: Glory to the Heroes, Scope (Daniel Olbrychski) must be tried and convicted of a heinous crime for him to participate in a bloody, televised gladiator contest. Frequently butting heads with Polish authorities both before and after the collapse of Communism, writer and director Piotr Szulkin remains a unique visual stylist whose parables of power transcend easy genre pigeonholing.
    Region Code:
    Region A,B,C
    Duration:
    270 minutes
    Original Language:
    Polish
    Extras:
    Language(s): Polish, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, PCM Mono, Booklet, Commentary: 'O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization': Michael Brooke; 'Ga-ga: Glory to the Heroes': Daniel Bird, Documentaries: 'Samosiuk. The Independent Film Republic'; 'Retrofuturism'; 'PRL - Polish People's Republic Post-Apocalyptic Parables', Interviews: Piotr Szulkin (director) and Tadeusz Sobolewski (writer), Reversible sleeves; Short films: 'Labyrinth' (Jan Lenica, 1963, 15 mins), 'Banquet' (Zofia Oraczewska, 1977, 8 mins), 'Cages' (Miroslaw Kijowicz, 1967, 8 mins)
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