The Matrix, Brazil & Other Sci-Fi Classics are Headed Back to Prague Cinemas
Since 1995, Projekt 100, an initiative from the Association of Czech Film Clubs, has specialized in bringing classic and foreign films into cinemas across the Czech Republic.
In 2016, for instance, the project brought a diverse crop of films like Silence of the Lambs, The Magnificent Seven (1960 version), Spirited Away, 8½, and the Czech classic Starci na chmelu back into movie theaters throughout the country.
This year, the Project will return to their roots with a batch of movies that all fall under the same banner scheduled to hit Czech cinemas next month, from September 14.
The banner is science fiction movies, and the selection of films is an impressive collection of landmark features that date all the way back to 1902.
That 1902 feature is George Méliès’ classic silent short A Trip to the Moon, widely considered to be the first sci-fi film ever made. Méliès was a magician turned movie director, and one of cinema’s most important special effects pioneers.
A Trip to the Moon will screen alongside The Extraordinary Voyage, a 2011 French documentary that examined the impact of Méliès landmark film.
A director who drew influence from Méliès, and who himself proved to be a pioneer in the art of special effects, was Czech director Karel Zeman. Zeman’s classic Journey to the Beginning of Time (Cesta do pravěku) will also be included in this year’s crop of films.
And a director who has cited both Méliès and Zeman as an influence is Terry Gilliam. HIs dystopian sci-fi film Brazil, infamously edited by the studio in 1985 but later recut and rightly reevaluated as a classic, will also screen during Projekt 100. In its 143-minute director’s cut, of course.
With the recent War of the Planet of the Apes bringing the most recent blockbuster trilogy to a close, the classic 1968 original starring Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes, makes for a timely addition to this year’s Projekt 100.
And a film that may have taken influence from all of these features, and influenced countless others itself: The Wachowski Brothers The Matrix. Anyone who lived through the cyberpunk era needs no introduction; the impact of the film is still being felt today through features like the recent Ghost in the Shell remake.
The official opening of 2017's Projekt 100 will take place at Prague's Bio Oko on September 14, but each of these films will be made available to arthouse cinemas throughout the Czech Republic to include in their schedules. Check your local listings and enjoy them in Prague at venues like Aero, Oko, and Světozor through the rest of the year.
More information can be found through Projekt 100’s official website.