Aelita Queen of Mars with live accompaniment from Minima

Place: Hamilton House: 80 Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY

Date: Friday, May 18, 2012

Time: 8:00 pm

There’s going to be a screening of Aelita Queen of Mars with live accompaniment from the world renowned Minima as part of the Compass Time Machine Festival. As some of you may remember we put on an event screening this film with Minima at Arnolfini back in 2009. It was brilliant & as I’m sure anyone who was there will assure you it’s well worth a watch / listen.

The event is listed on Facebook here but I’ve pasted in all the details about the film below in case you don’t have a Facebook account.

From the classic era of the silent movie, and made in the early years of the Soviet Union, this film is part political melodrama part space romp. The crystalline Martian film sets are timeless – templates that would be used for visions of the future for decades to come. Struggles on Mars reflect the struggles in Russia at the time the film was made. This highly unusual reel has been dug out from the archive and will be aired specially for the festival. Contemporary experimental music masters Minima provide the soundtrack: ambient, atmospheric and electrifying – this is an audio-visual experience not to be missed!

Here’s a video with clips of the film accompanied by Minima:

If you’d like to read more about the film there’s a detailed essay about it over at Senses of cinema here


  1. #1 by James Harrison on April 24, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    Worth going to see this by the way…..

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