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On the Silver Globe

Poland 1988, 166 min, Dir: Andrzej Żuławski
Polish with subtitles
Jerzy Żuławski’s birthday



A team of astronauts land on an inhabitable planet and form a society. Many years later, a single astronaut is sent to the planet and becomes a messiah.


When filming was 80% complete, the Polish government ordered the production to be shut down and all the negatives be destroyed. Miraculously, the original film reels were preserved and ten years later the film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim.


On the Silver Globe is an adaptation of The Lunar Trilogy, a series of science fiction novels by the director’s great uncle Jerzy Zulaski. In celebration of Jerzy Zulaski’s birthday, we present this screening with a pre-recorded welcome from Jerzy’s grandson Adam. Please stick around following the screening for a post-screening talk by Pierre Van Cutsem.


Currently the Polish Research Doctoral Fellow at the Wirth Institute (University of Alberta), Pierre Van Cutsem is a PhD student at the doctoral school of the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland) where he writes his thesis on Stefan Grabiński’s weird fiction under the supervision of Prof. Katarzyna Gadomska. His research interests include among other things Interwar Central European weird/fantastic fiction and its reception. Pierre holds two Master’s degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Germanic languages and literatures (2015) and in Slavic languages and literatures (2018). In 2018 and 2022 the Visage Vert’s magazine published his translations of short stories by Polish weird fiction writer Stefan Grabiński along with a critical and biographical introduction to the author’s works.



July 14, 2024
3:00 pm