15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

3253_lightbox_CyprianKoscielniak06Sexmission (Polish: Seksmisja), dir. Juliusz Machulski (1984)

Cult comedy sci-fi action film Sexmission cemented its place in Polish culture almost immediately upon its release in 1984. The film takes place slightly in “the future” — 1991 at the time — when its two male protagonists, Max and Albert (played by Jerzy Stuhr and Olgierd Łukaszewicz, respectively) volunteer to be the first human participants in a hibernation experiment. They wake up in 2044, in a post-nuclear world where all the men have died out because of the radiation, and all the women live underground, ruled by an oppressive all-female regime, and reproduce through parthenogenesis. The men have a choice: death or sex-change surgery. The movie uses satire and zany humor to draw parallels to living under totalitarian communist rule.