The Melbourne International Film Festival is marking its 66th edition by unveiling the inaugural Sci-Fi Retrospective, a feast of speculative cinema that includes an all-night cult Sci-Fi marathon and a special screening of René Laloux’s incredible French/Czech animated feature, Fantastic Planet, complete with a live score by prog-rock/jazz fusion act Krakatau.
The retrospective is filled with deep cuts and fantastic oddities that, while perhaps obscure to mainstream audiences, had an indelible effect on popular SF cinema. The titles announced so far include:
Karel Zeman’s 1958 Jules Verne adaptation, Invention for Destruction.
Jindřich Polák’s Ikarie XB-1, aka Voyage to the End of the Universe.
The 10th Victim, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, a kitchsy, spy-fi take on Robert Sheckley’s short story, The Seventh Victim.
The 1963 Hammer production These are the Damned, a masterpiece of nuclear paranoia.
An all-night cult Sci-Fi Marathon at St Kilda’s The Astor is also on the cards, with six films to be announced early July.
MIFF runs from August 3 – 20. For more info, shoot over to the official site.