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The Dreamland presents a selection of essential and under the radar science fiction films from Europe. 


Director: Dusan Vukotic

Starring: Zarko Potocnjak, Lucie Zulová, Ksenia Prohaska

Runtime: 89 min., Croatia. 

Language: Croatian w/ English subtitles


Imagine if Troma Films had been hired to make a Sid & Marty Krofft Saturday morning kids’ show, and if you have some idea of the unspeakable strangeness of VISITORS FROM THE ARKANA GALAXY, a truly gonzo Croatian sci-fi / fantasy about a struggling writer, Robert (Zarko Potocnjak), who dreams up a story of gold-skinned alien androids named Andra, Targo and Ulu from a distant planet. Incredibly, his fictional alien creations become reality, causing chaos in his relationship with his girlfriend Biba (Lucie Zulová) and threatening his small seaside village. The alluring lead robot Andra (Ksenia Prohaska) looks like H.R. Giger re-designed the Maschinenmensch from Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS; watch for the scene where she pours hot coffee and cream out of her fingertips. But for sheer jawdropping insanity, nothing rivals the Mumu Monster -- created for the film by legendary Czech animator Jan Svankmajer -- a rubber-suited, multi-tentacled creation that destroys a wedding party, ripping off heads and spouting plumes of toxic green smoke while a blind accordion player blithely plays his squeezebox. VISITORS was a rare feature film from animator Dusan Vukotic (1927-1998), best known for his stunning UPA-style cartoon shorts including “Cow On The Moon” (1959) and the Oscar-winning “The Substitute” (1961). The long-unavailable VISITORS has been beautifully restored in 4K by Deaf Crocodile and Zagreb Film for this release from the best-surviving 35mm elements. In Croatian with English SDH subtitles.

Saturday, January 6



Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Sunday, January 7

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Yuri Yarvet

Runtime: 166 min., USSR. 

Language: Russian w/ English subtitles

964 Pinocchio


In the near future, the polar ice caps have melted and laid waste to the world. A small ruling class emerges jealously guarding the remains of civilizations, while the deeply religious masses, born “degenerate” from the toxic air and water, are driven into camps or kept as servants. They await a savior. Suddenly a man emerges. He is seeking a museum that becomes accessible for only one week a year, when the sea levels drop and the oceans part—and he is seeking faith in a world without salvation.

Moody, terrifying, and hallucinatory, VISITOR TO A MUSEUM is perhaps the most acclaimed film of Konstantin Lopushansky, a protege of Andrei Tarkovsky. (Church of Film) 

Sunday, January 14

Director: Konstantin Lopushansky

Starring: Viktor Mikhaylov, Vera Mayorova, 

Vadim Lobanov

Runtime: 128 min., USSR

Language: Russian w/ English subtitles



FM (FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten) has discovered something incredible in the monotonous 'muzak' played through the fast food restaurant H Burger’s speaker system: the tracks are laced with subliminal messages designed to ensure complacency and consumerism. An underground hit from Germany's punk and new wave infused youth culture of the early 80s, director Muscha's DECODER blends arresting visuals, urban industrial aesthetics, science fiction, and moments of shocking violence, along side searing commentary on late 20th century consumerist culture. Co-starring punk icon Christiane Felscherinow and William S. Burroughs in a supporting role and featuring music by Soft Cell, The The and Einstürzende Neubauten, this criminally under-seen masterpiece of German weirdness is ready to destroy theaters in a brand new 2k restoration from the original 16mm camera negative.

Friday, January 19

Director: Muscha

Starring: FM Einheit, Christiane Felscherinow, William S. Burroughs

Runtime: 87 min., Germany

Language: German w/ English subtitles

Battle Royale


Věra Chytilová’s subversive take on the 1980s teen-horror movie assembles a gaggle of bratty adolescents for a mysterious skiing retreat at a snowbound cabin where they find themselves plunged into a sadistic social experiment. WOLF’S HOLE is both a gonzo genre joyride and a blistering allegory for the psychic violence wrought by authoritarian oppression.

Sunday, January 21

Director: Věra Chytilová

Starring: Miroslav Machácek, Tomás Palatý, Stepánka Cervenková

Runtime: 92 min., Czechoslovakia

Language: Czech w/ English subtitles



Dedicated to both H. G. Wells and Orson Welles, Szulkin’s follow-up to Golem begins with the Christmastime takeover of Poland by a band of hyperintelligent, bloodthirsty martians (played by silver-painted dwarfs in puffer jackets) who enlist hapless television newscaster Iron Idem (Roman Wilhelmi) as the voice of their 1984-esque propaganda machine. But when Iron dares to go off message, he makes an enemy even greater than the aliens: the state itself. Released just as Poland was being plunged into martial law and immediately banned, The War of the Worlds: Next Century is a disturbingly prescient allegory of power, control, and media manipulation in a post-truth world. (FilmLinc) 

Sunday, January 28

Director: Piotr Szulkin

Starring: Roman Wilhelmi, Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr

Runtime: 96 min., Poland

Language: Polish w/ English subtitles

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