Thu 25 Nov

Aelita: Queen of Mars

Cert. U

Special Screenings

120 mins

in Russian with ENG subs 

USSR | 1924 | dir. Yakov Protazanov with Nikolai Tsereteli, Yulia Solntseva, Valentina Kuindzhi, Igor Ilyinsky

Reality and fantasy, revolutionary zeal, and bitter jealousy mix in Yakov Protazanov’s hugely influential yet rarely screened drama, whose impressive constructivist production design by Aleksandra Ekster has been a reference point for countless sci-fi films since. Tormented by a cryptic wireless message from Mars, engineer Los embarks on a journey into the unknown that sees him woo the Martian queen Aelita – fiercely portrayed by iconic actress and director Yuliya Solntseva – and lead an uprising against the planet’s corrupt rulers.

Accompanied by a live performance of Juliet Merchant’s dazzling new score

Thu 25 Nov

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About Juliet Merchant:

Juliet Merchant is an emerging composer and classically trained pianist who has written for television, film and online platforms. She was signed by the label EMI in 2019, and her music can be seen on BBC, ITV and various international films. Juliet works in both classical and electronic styles that come together as an eclectic hybrid to create intriguing, powerful music. Her thrilling new score to accompany Aelita brings new life to Protazanov’s futuristic vision.

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