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Futurological Ventures

The Congress, Moebius, The Rover

This month sees the release of one of the year’s must-sees: The Congress, Ari Folman’s follow-up to Waltz with Bashir is an equally inventive, intelligent and affecting film that is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's novel The Futurological Congress. Lem’s work will also be showcased in the BFI’s forthcoming Sci-Fi season and we take this opportunity to celebrate the great Polish writer over the next few months.

Also coming to cinemas in August are Kim Ki-duk’s extreme castration drama Moebius, David Michôd's post-apocalyptic road revenge thriller The Rover, modern Australian Western Mystery Road and Jennifer Kent’s intriguing The Babadook, which has its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on 23 August. Plus returning to the big screen in new digital restorations are Robert Wiene’s expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Michael Cimino’s 1970s Vietnam War fable The Deer Hunter.

In home entertainment, we look at fun alien invasion horror Almost Human and review Euraka's latest additions to their Masters of Cinema series: F.W. Murnau’s alchemically brilliant Faust and Fritz Lang’s early science fiction tale Frau im Mond.

We also talk to Danish filmmaker Ada Bligaard Søby about her Super8 documentary Petey and Ginger, which offers a wonderfully oblique take on the economic crisis. The subject of that film, Petey Dammit, former bassist of Thee Oh-Sees, tells us about the films that mean the most to him in the Jukebox, while novelist Adam Roberts picks Solaris as his filmic alter ego – that’s right, the sentient ocean planet.

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The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology

The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.

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Stanislaw Lem

To mark the theatrical release of Ari Folman’s brilliant The Congress, we celebrate one of the most inventive and ingenious science fiction writers of all times, whose work has much influenced cinema. We take a look at Tarkovsky's Solaris, listen to the future sounds of Zdenĕk Liška's score for Ikarie XB-1 and discuss Polish and Russian Sci-Fi Cinema in a podcast. Plus we are pleased to make available an extract of Lem’s delightfully surreal The Futurological Congress.

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The Fright Theorem: Ted Kotcheff and Terry Gilliam

Alex Fitch talks to Ted Kotcheff, the director of ‘lost’ cult classic Wake in Fright (1971), and to Terry Gilliam, whose long-awaited new film The Zero Theorem (2013) has had a long road to the screen.

All the Colours of the Dark

Electric Sheep at Scalarama 2014

Electric Sheep and Strange Attractor present Sergio Martino's satanist giallo All the Colours of the Dark on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at the Horse Hospital as part of this year's Scalarama celebration.

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