Monster from the Arcana Galaxy

Dušan Vukotić, 1981



Screenwriter Miloš Macourek specialised in outlandish comedies, such as the Czechoslovak-Yugoslav coproduction Monstrum z galaxie Arkana (The Monster from the Arcana Galaxy, 1981), a madcap sci-fi adventure directed by Dušan Vukotić. The main character is Robert, a young beach hotel receptionist who shows less interest in his guests or his girlfriend Biba than in the story he is writing about a family of aliens – so involved in its creation is he that through sheer power of mind he manages to materialise his heroes into this world. Robert and Biba set off to the island where the aliens have landed and find that life in the quiet beach resort has been turned on its head. Soon competition arises between Biba and the visitors from the planet Tugador which has some unpleasant consequences for the young earthling couple... The main characters in this rather unbalanced motion picture are played by Žarko Potočnjak and Lucie Žulová. Perhaps the film’s most memorable feature is the extraterrestrial monster designed in the workshop of Czech artist Jan Švankmajer.
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About a film

film_production_year 1981
film_countries Czechoslovakia, Former Yugoslavia, 1945–1991
film_genres sci-fi
film_form feature
film_duration 84 min
film_director Dušan Vukotić
film_cast Žarko Potočnjak, Lucie Žulová, Ksenija Prohaska, Jasminka Alić, Rene Bitorajac
film_director_of_photography Jiří Macák
film_screenplay Miloš Macourek, Dušan Vukotić
film_film_editor Ivana Kačírková
film_production_designer Jiří Hlupý
film_art_director Jan Švankmajer
film_music_composed_by Tomislav Simović
film_sound_designer Adam Kajzar