Space Sailors

Director: Marian Kiss

written and directed by Marian Kiss director of photography Lars Barthel, Piotr Rosołowski music by Thomas Wydler, Simon Wahorn edited by Marian Kiss, Katalin Pazmandy sound by Ed Cantu production managers Jörg Rothe, Andrzej Traczykowski produced by Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion Gmbh; The Educational Film Studio, ul. Kilińskiego 210, 93-106 Łódź, tel. +48 42 684 09 45, e-mail:, co-financed by Polish Film Institute; TVP; Eurimages, ARTE; MBB; MDM; MDR

colour, 52′
Poland-Germany 2009

The film portrays the last heroes of Socialist Realism – ordinary people who in one night achieved stardom. Under the Intecosmos programme implemented in the 1970s, 10 carefully chosen sons of tractor drivers, shepherds and shoemakers are sent into orbit. On their return they are showered with privileges and honours typical of socialism. However, when the “Iron Curtain” falls, everything changes and is revalued.


Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza