Chronopolis is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Polish animator Piotr Kamler with music composed by Luc Ferrari and narration by Michael Lonsdale. It was Kamler’s first and only full length film. The film won Best Children’s Film for 1982 and was nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award in 1983. The film was shown out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
With a grant under $400,000 from the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel of Paris and Centre National du Cinema, Piotr Kamler completed the film within a five year period from 1977 to 1982. Most of the animation and CGI he accomplished on his own. Kamler openly admitted that the script he provided to obtain his funding had nothing to do with his original concept. Only after building the characters and set did the film’s “story” take shape.
There exists two versions of the film. The original 1982 version runs at 66 minutes and was released in North America through a company in Boston. The official and final cut, re-released in 1988, has 14 minutes of footage taken out leaving it at 52 minutes. Within that version:
- All of the narration is omitted
- The scene where the explorer flies around the giants is cut
- Additional dancing between the explorer and the ball was taken out
- The ending is cut by 10 minutes which includes extra scenes of the immortals and both the ball and the explorer leaving Chronopolis.