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Photo of Marek Piestrak

Marek Piestrak

“I was well aware that not all of his books were possible to film in the technical and economic conditions in which Polish directors were working at the time. Some were not even possible in the whole socialist bloc due to technical poverty. Hence, I opted for a story which did not require building elaborate sets.”

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    Marek Piestrak Soviet Union, 1979

    Adapted from a short story by Stanisław Lem, Pilot Pirx’s Inquest takes a hard sci-fi approach to its interrogation of what it means to be human. With an endearing tension between its 1970s brutalist design and futurist ideas, it makes for a fascinating, Twilight Zone-esque inquiry into A.I. ethics.

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