Icarus XB 1

The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB-1 embarks on a long journey across the universe to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Ikarie XB 1
Czechoslovakia 1963
  • English
88 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

In the year 2163, the starship Ikarie XB-1 is sent to the mysterious White Planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri. Travelling at near-light speed, the journey takes around 28 months for the astronauts, although the effects of relativity mean that 15 years will have elapsed on Earth by the time they reach their destination. During the flight, the 40-strong multinational crew must adjust to life in space, as well as dealing with various hazards they encounter, including a derelict 20th century spaceship armed with nuclear weapons, a deadly radioactive dark star, and the mental breakdown of one of the crew, who threatens to destroy the spacecraft.

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Director: Jindřich Polák
Based on: Stanisław Lem
Screenplay: Pavel Juráček, Jindřich Polák
Cinematography: Jan Kališ
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Sound: Jaromír Svoboda, Bohumír Brunclík
Editing: Josef Dobřichovský
Production Design: Jan Zázvorka
Producer: Rudolf Wolf
Costumes: Ester Krumbachová, Jan Skalický, Vladimír Synek
Cast: Zdeněk Štěpánek, Radovan Lukavský, Dana Medřická, Miroslav Macháček, František Smolík, Jiří Vršťala, Svatava Hubeňáková, Otto Lackovič

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

1963 – Golden Spacecraft (Best Film)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.