Archive of films Laika / Lajka
2017, 88 min
Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
The real Laika didn’t survive her journey into outer space. In this puppet musical, however, the plucky dog manages to reach a remote planet that man has yet to conquer – for the time being, at any rate. Animator Aurel Klimt looks to the Czech puppet tradition forged by Jiří Trnka to create a tale about the unexpected champions of the Space Race.
Laika was just an ordinary stray dog before she was caught and taken off the street. Yet on November 3, 1957 she became the first living creature to orbit the Earth. Her return home in the Sputnik 2 Soviet spacecraft was never part of the plan; however, in this animated musical Laika survives and passes through a black hole and finds her way to the planet Qem. There, in the company of various bizarre life forms, she gets her first taste of how things are when man isn’t the lord of creation. Drawing on his distinctive artistic sensibility, animator Aurel Klimt looks to the Czech puppet tradition forged by Jiří Trnka and Břetislav Pojar. His Laika isn’t aimed just at youngsters, it also takes a potshot at certain phenomena associated with the Cold War and the Space Race.
About the director
Aurel Klimt (b. 1972, Žilina, Czechoslovakia). Filmography: Mashkin Killed Koshkin (1995), Bloody Hugo – An Eastern (1997), The Enchanted Bell (1998), The Fall (1999), Jan Werich’s Fimfárum (2002), Glassworks (2005), Fimfárum 2 (2006)
About the film
|Section:||Czech Films 2017–2018|
|Dir. of Photography:||Radek Loukota|
|Music:||Marek Doubrava, Josef Čermák|
|Art Director:||Martin Velíšek, František Lipták, Aurel Klimt|
|Coproduction:||Universal Production Partners, Aurel Klimt, Bystrouška, Česká televize|
|Cast:||Helena Dvořáková, Jan Vondráček, Petr Čtvrtníček, Karel Zima, Miroslav Táborský|
|Distributor:||A-Company Czech s.r.o.|
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