If you missed it earlier, this is a reminder that Polish Cultural Institute New York and MUBI still present a selection of Stanisław Lem centennial movies. The series can be viewed on the movie platform MUBI, with a 30-day free trial period and different availability in different countries. In United States, the movies can be watched till July 31, 2022. For me, The Congress was hands down the best movie to watch.
- The Congress (2013, 122′), dir. Ari Folman, based on the novel The Futorological Congress / Kongress futurologiczny,
- His Master’s Voice (2018, 95′), dir. György Pálfi, based on the novel of the same title, available in the USA
- Roly Poly / Przekładaniec (1968, 35′), dir. Adrzej Wajda, based on Lem’s script, also available in Canada
- Maska (2010, 23′), dir. Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, based on a short horror story, also available in Canada
- Hospital of the Transfiguration / Szpital przemieninia (1979, 90′), dir. Edward Żebrowski, based the novel of the same titl
- Pilot Pirx’s Test / Test Pilota Pirxa (1978, 95′), dir. Marek Piestrak, based on the short story The Inquest from the Tales of Pirx the Pilot / Opowieści o pilocie Pirxie series
Perhaps best known worldwide as the author of the 1961 novel, “Solaris,” Stanisław Lem produced dozens upon dozens of novels, stories and essays throughout his nearly 60-year career. Renowned particularly for his work in the realm of science fiction, Lem’s artistic output covers a plethora of genres, encompassing memoirs, accounts of his wartime experiences and philosophical texts. His science fiction narratives themselves often take unexpected and experimental forms, extending freely into the territories of philosophy and satire to create worlds that to contemporary eyes eerily prefigure everything from Google to virtual reality and smartphones.