With Earth’s civilisation in decay, a team of astronauts are sent to populate a new planet. The last original survivor Jerzy (Jerzy Trela) is treated by the emergent feudal society as a demi-god, and sends a video diary back to Earth before his death. Hundreds of years later, the video is found. Marek (Andrzej Seweryn) is sent to explore the planet, where the violent human civilisation is at war with telepathic bird-people. He is treated like a messiah by the humans, but for how long? This epic deconstructed creation myth foretold the dystopian cinematic trend of the 1980s, yet was shut down in 1977 before its completion. We are pleased to present a restored version of Andrzej Żuławski’s thwarted sci-fi masterpiece.
Available from 7 May.