Bio Oko has sci-fi weekend

Classic films from 1902 to 1999 will be on the big screen

The collection of classic sci-fi movies will be shown at Bio Oko on Sept. 15 to 17. The film program will also be accompanied by lectures, concerts and a workshop. Films include The Matrix, A Trip to the Moon, Brazil and Planet of the Apes.

The weekend at Bio Oko is part of Projekt 100, an initiative of the Association of Czech Film Clubs. Project 100 has been around since 1995, and brings classic Czech and foreign films to cinemas across the Czech Republic every year.

The weekend will open Sept. 15 with the Wachowskis' 1999 film The Matrix, which breathed a new wave of cyberpunk life in the sci-fi genre. The 9:30 pm screening will be preceded by a lecture in Czech tracing film history from Blade Runner to The Matrix.

The next day will bring deeper insight into sci-fi for children with a special effects workshop for children at 3 pm. Children from 6 to 14 years old will see historical animated toys, and learn how knowledge of optics helps to understand movies. The workshop is held in Czech language.

The same day there will be a free concert at 4 pm by Pandoo, an experimental-pop solo project of Jan Hrubý. His music presents a mix of electronic beats, violin and singing, which will create a mood for watching more science fiction movies.

A free sci-fi slam poetry session is at 5:30. Czech poetry slam masters will perform their poems about infiniteness of the universe, black holes, planets and deep space.

The day will end with the 1902 George Méliès’ classic silent short A Trip to the Moon with live music at 8:30 pm. It is the first sci-fi film ever made. Méliès was one of cinema’s special effects pioneers, and he inspired the sci-fi novels of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.

The movie will be accompanied by the documentary The Extraordinary Voyage, a 2011 examination of the Méliès's impact on cinema.

The last day will open with the screening of Brazil at noon. Terry Gilliam,'s dystopian 1985 movie will provide viewers with grotesque absurdity. The screening of the movie will be a part of a film brunch.

The end of the day will feature the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall at 9:30 pm. It will be preceded by a lecture in Czech on the Apes films.

The official opening of this year's Projekt 100 will take place at Bio Oko but each of these films will be available at other cinemas throughout the year.

Last year the Projekt 100 brought to Czech cinemas such movies as the Silence of the Lambs, The Magnificent Seven, Spirited Away and 8½.

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