Lem Universe: Short films


Tabakalera Tuesday, 2021 November 2 / 19:00 / 83' 3,50 € Tickets

Excursion into Space (Wycieczka w kosmos, 1961). Krzysztof Dębowski. Poland. 11 min

In the early 60s, Stanisław Lem wrote the screenplays for two animated shorts directed by Krzysztof Dębowski and with the music of Krzysztof Penderecki. Excursion into Space was the first of them.

Uninhabited Planet (Pułapka / Bezludna planeta, 1962). Krzysztof Dębowski. Poland. 9 min

A year later, Lem, Dębowski and Penderecki repeated their collaboration in Trap, also known as Uninhabited Planet.

Roly Poly (Przekładaniec, 1968). Andrzej Wajda. Poland. 35 min

A racing driver undergoes so many transplants that he's unrecognisable. A problem which also brings its own legal, financial and even personality problems. Andrzej Wajda's only science fiction movie is this adaptation of Stanisław Lem's short story Are You There, Mr Johns?, which the Polish writer considered to be the best cinematic version of one of his works.

Trurl’s Machine (Maszyna Trurla, 1975). Jerzy Zitzman. Poland. 8 min

Animated short film based on Lem's homonymous short story from his book Fables for Robots. Robot constructor Trurl, with the help of his regular partner Klaupacius (both stars of the Cyberiad series), creates a giant calculating machine.

The Advisors of King Hydrops (Doradcy króla Hydropsa, 2016). Poland. 20 min

Animated short film based on the tale of the same name by Lem (also from his Fables for Robots) narrating how Hydrops, King of Akwacja, orders his advisers to make him a successor.


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