Boris Groys screens Aelita: Queen of Mars

A few weeks ago, e-flux inaugurated their new Lower East Side space with the exhibition,  “Out of Town: Andrei Monastyrski and Collective Actions,” which is on view until January 7.

As part of that exhibition, today curator Boris Groys will host a screening of Yakov Protazanov’s electrifying Aelita: Queen of Mars.

The 1924 film Aelita: Queen of Mars, based on the novel by Alexei Tolstoy, is at once a curiosity of post-revolutionary life and silent cinema in the Soviet Union and an enduring testament to the early days of the science fiction film genre. The film tells of the adventure of Los, an engineer living in Moscow, who dreams of Aelita, the Queen of Mars, and builds a spaceship to take him to her, only to be drawn into a proletarian uprising to establish a Martian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. One of the earliest full-length space-travel films, Aelita is also widely recognized for it’s constructivist inspired Cubist Martian set and costume designs.

The screening is free to the public and will begin at 5pm at the Abrons Art Center (466 Grand Street.) Those unable to attend can get a taste of the film – widely touted as the first Russian science fiction – here.


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