1 Mar 2015 - 4 Mar 2015
Ceiling (Strop) + A Bagful of Fleas (Pytel blech)
Chytilová first attracted international attention with these medium-length student films. Ceiling - a sophisticated take on the life of a fashion model which gives unusual perspectives and A Bagful of Fleas, where the everyday world of factory girls conflicts with officialdom.
Czechoslovakia 1961, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Marta Kaňovská, Julián Chytil, Josef Abrhám, 43 min, With English subtitles
The mixture of formalism and cinéma vérité in Ceiling exposes the inner life of a fashion model in a manner that sometimes recalls Antonioni.
|A Bagful of Fleas
Czechoslovakia 1962, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Helga Čočková, 42 min, With English subtitles
Described as ‘fictionalised documentary’ and ‘acted reportage’, A Bagful of Fleas uses non-actors to portray girls’ lives in the cotton mills of Náchod. Like Ceiling, its break with both genre and ideology charted a new path for Czechoslovak and Eastern European cinema.
Sun 1 Mar, 18:30 / NFT2, BFI Southbank
Wed 4 Mar, 20:50 / NFT2, BFI Southbank
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Part of Defiance and Compassion: The Films of Věra Chytilová
NFT2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
From: 1 Mar 2015
To: 4 Mar 2015
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event