Hugely popular with Polish audiences on release and considered affectionately as one of the top 10 Polish comedies of all time Sexmission is a smart satire of a totalitarian state.
Inspired by Stanley Kubrick (wanting to work in every genre) emerging writer-director Juliusz Machulski shook up expectations and packed cinemas with this sci-fi tale of two men waking up from hibernation in 2044, decades later than expected, to find themselves in an underground post nuclear world of women.
Jerzy Stuhr, then associated with the cinema of moral anxiety and for his work with Krzysztof Kieślowski, was cast against type as Max. Doctor Berna, the head of the archaeological institute was played by Beata Tyszkiewicz, known as the Eastern Catherine Deneuve.
A few years later Machulski changed focus and become a producer, founding the Zebra film studio, to develop films from a wide range of genres.