Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Journey to the Beginning of Time (Cesta do praveku)

Special Screening - Ajyal Film Festival 2018

Karel Zeman / Feature Narrative / Czech Republic, The / 1955 / 93 min / Colour / In Czech / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


A group of young boys rent a boat at an inner-city park and enter a small cave at the edge of the lake. When they come out the other side, they find themselves in a new world. Floating down the river each day, they travel progressively further back through history, encountering woolly mammoths, prehistoric rhinoceros, and dinosaurs.

About the Director

Karel Zeman was a Czech film director, artist, production designer and animator, best known for directing fantasy films combining live-action footage with animation. Because of his creative use of special effects and animation in his films, he has often been called the "Czech Méliès". The Czechoslovakian government awarded him the title of National Artist in 1970.


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