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Alois Nebel at the BFI London Film Festival

25 OCTOBER 2011, 8:30 PM, VUE WEST END, 3 CRANBOURN STREET, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON WC2H 7AL AND 27 OCTOBER, 3:30 PM, BFI SOUTHBANK, BELVEDERE ROAD, LONDON SE1 8XT. The BFI London Film Festival presents a new Czech film Alois Nebel - a sophisticated and technically stunning animated reflection on recent history.

Director: Tomáš Luňák
 Cast: Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvíková, Karel Roden, Leoš Noha, Alois Švehlík
 Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
 Writer: Jaromír 99, Jaroslav Rudiš
 Running time: 84min
 Year: 2011

It's coming to the end of the 1980s, and as reports filter through that the Berlin Wall is coming down, an event that has huge significance for his country and the wider world, there appears to be little so dramatic in the life of Alois Nebel. Alois is an introverted loner working at a small train station in Bílý Potok, a remote village on the Czech-Polish border, who doesn’t much seem to care for the company of others. Yet he is often plagued by dreams of a dense fog descending, and haunted by memories dating back to events during World War II. When a mysterious mute man turns up on the station platform clutching an old photograph, the resulting consequences provoke Alois on a journey of self-discovery. Adapted from the graphic novels of Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, Alois Nebel is a sophisticated and serious-minded reflection on recent history that is technically stunning in its use of seductive black and white rotoscope animation. The dreamlike visuals and fairy tale elements of the film don’t detract from its humane agenda or political concerns; indeed, these elements compliment each other perfectly. The debut feature from Tomas Lunak is one of the year’s true discoveries, and a welcome addition to our programme.

Screening Times:
Tue 25 Oct, 20:30, Vue Screen 3

Thu 27 Oct, 15:30, NFT2

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