Aelita: Queen of Mars / Aelita
Yakov Protazanov, USSR, 1924
Directed by: Yakov Protazanov
Script: Fedor Ozep
Cast: Yulia Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tseretelli, Nikolai Batalov, Vera Orlova kamera / cinematography: Emil Schünemann, Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky
Format: video
Running time: 111'

Los is an engineer who dreams of traveling to other worlds and imagines that a beautiful woman named Aelita lives on the planet Mars. Frustrated with the petty political conflicts that are a big part of life on Earth, Los builds a spaceship and travels to Mars, where he discovers that the lovely Aelita really does exist and is Queen of the Planet. However, the realities of political struggle do not escape him; it seems that the Martian proletariat is attempting to rise up and take power just as the Russian rank and file did, and Los once again finds himself standing between the ruling leadership and the workers attempting to take control of their own lives.

Directors Biography
Yakov Protazanov (1881–1945) was a Russian and Soviet film director and screenwriter, and one of the founding fathers of cinema of Russia. In the period from 1911 to 1918 he directed some 80 features, including 'The Queen of Spades' (1916) and 'Father Sergius' (1917), which have been acclaimed as his masterpieces. Due to political instability resulting from the Russian Revolution, Protazanov relocated to Constantinople and later Paris. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1923. The following year, he directed what is arguably the first Soviet science fiction movie, 'Aelita' (1924).

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Thursday, February 21st at 18.00