The Monster from the Arcana Galaxy

sci-fi

Typology

feature

Czech title

Monstrum z galaxie Arkana

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia, Former Yugoslavia, 1945–1991

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

02.07.1982

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Vukotić

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek, Dušan Vukotić

Screenstory

Miloš Macourek, Dušan Vukotić

Summary

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.

Synopsis

Robert, working as a receptionist in a seaside hotel, spends his free time writing a science-fiction novel about extraterrestrials Andra and her children Ulu and Targo from the Arcana galaxy. Robert's girlfriend Biba blames him for neglecting her. One day, Robert overhears Andra's voice. He thinks he is hallucinating and decides he should better see a shrink. The psychiatrist, however, opines that Robert has the power to materialize his thoughts. When Andra "calls" again, Robert decides to visit an island where the extraterrestrials have landed. He indeed meets the threesome and Targo's toy - the little monster Moomoo which grows bigger upon the child's order. Robert runs away in fear. During his second visit to the island, Robert is accompanied by his girlfriend Biba. There is an immediate antipathy between her and Andra, and Targo transforms Biba into a small cube. A guide talks to tourists and other people about some weird creatures, and several armed men thus set off for the island. But Targo destroys one ship after another with his laser beam. Andra and her children get transported to Robert's flat in a bluish ball. Here, she is found by Biba who returned to her original form and tries to turn Robert away from Andra. Targo covertly puts the little fiend Moomoo into Biba's bag before the three leave. Biba comes home and gets dressed for a neighbours' wedding. But Moomoo suddenly enlarges, starts killing the wedding guests one by one and turns the place into ruins. Andra rectifies the situation by returning time to a moment before the wedding. Biba comes to Robert's place but does not find him in. A bluish ball whizzes through the room and disappears. Robert's voice is suddenly heard from a dictaphone informing her that he is with Andra, Ulu, Targo and Moomoo on their way to the planet Tugador in the Arcana galaxy - and he finishes his novel in the ball.

Cast

Žarko Potočnjak

spisovatel a recepční Robert

Lucie Žulová

Biba, Robertova dívka

Ksenija Prohaska

robotka Andra

Jasminka Alić

mimozemšťanka Ulu

Rene Bitorajac

mimozemšťan Targo

Ljubiša Samardžić

fotograf Toni

Ivana Andrlová

Gabi, mladší sestra Biby

Cvijeta Mesić

Cecílie, starší sestra Biby

Markéta Fišerová

zdravotní sestra Stela

Karel Augusta

Pepa Štefančić, Stelin otec

Hermina Pipinić

Stelina matka

Helena Růžičková

teta Švarcová

Petr Drozda

monstrum Mumu

Václav Štekl

profesor psychiatrie

Magdaléna Holendrová

manželka profesora

Edo Peročević

redaktor

Dana Hlaváčová

Olga, manželka redaktora

Věra Kalendová

Papová, matka Toniho

Václav Štercl

knihkupec

Zvonko Lepetić

hlídač

Bohuslav Kupšovský

harmonikář

Věra Šperová

Robertův otec (muž s ňadry)

Ivo Gregurević

Robertův kamarád

Zdena Rulcová

svatebčanka

Hana Charvátová

svatebčanka

Zdenka Hersak

Ivan Anthon

loutkoherec

Josef Podsedník

loutkoherec

Jana Prachařová

loutkoherečka

Jaroslav Vidlař

loutkoherec

Helena Veselá

loutkoherečka

Jaroslava Zelenková

loutkoherečka

Karel Engel

kaskadér-svatebčan

Hana Forejtová

kaskadérka-svatebčanka

Růžena Jedličková

kaskadérka

Miroslav Jíra

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Miroslav Lahoda

kaskadér

Pavel Myslík

kaskadér

Jindřich Sejk

kaskadér

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Stanislav Tůma

kaskadér

Dubbing

Jiří Štěpnička

hlas Roberta

Simona Stašová

hlas Andry

Kateřina Žalská

hlas Ulu

P. Novotný

hlas Targa

Alois Švehlík

hlas Toniho

Anna Wetlinská

hlas Cecílie

Svatava Hubeňáková

hlas Steliny matky

Eva Klepáčová

hlas Papové

Pavel Zedníček

hlas kamaráda

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Marta Křesinová, Slavko Andres

Assistant Director

Helena Matušková, Marija Djordjević

Shooting Script

Dušan Vukotić

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Jan Hanzal

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Art Director

Jan Švankmajer

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Vladimír Mácha, Pavel Svoboda, Vladimír Slepička

Costume Designer

Jasna Novak

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Production

Sulejman Kapić

Production Manager

Rudolf Wolf, Ante Deronja

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Venclíková, Lev Veltrubský, Emir Čejvan, Antonín Suchánek

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Moravčík

Consultant

Jakub Berdych, Jiří Kryštof, Petr Rychetský (pyroefekty)

Dialogues of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Direction of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Music

Music Composed by

Tomislav Simović

Music Performed by

Orchestr záhřebské televize

Production info

Original Title

Monstrum z galaxie Arkana

English Title

The Monster from the Arcana Galaxy

Working Title

Dům mezi hvězdami

Parallel Title

Gosti iz galaksije

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

02.07.1982

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů FANTASPORTO Porto

1984
Porto / Portugal

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů Madrid

1982
Madrid / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů Madrid

1982
Madrid / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů Madrid

1982
Madrid / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 3. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů Madrid

1982
Madrid / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 19. mezinárodní festival vědeckofantastických filmů Terst

1981
Terst / Italy