Sometime in a dystopian future, scientists attempt to create a new, pliable race of humans. The genetically engineered Pernat (Marek Walczewski) is one seemingly ordinary product of the effort, subject to round-the-clock monitoring as he goes about his life amidst drab Soviet bloc architecture. Stylized with sepia tones and dramatic lighting, Piotr Szulkin’s bold debut feature has been called a precursor to Blade Runner, but its title also looks back to a more ancient, fraught myth of creation and morality.

Golem unites Kafka-esque paranoia with a surreal mise en scène to critique media control . . . and psychological dislocation in a post-nuclear landscape.” —The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction