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23 Apr 2019 - 15 May 2019

Close-Up on the Czechoslovak New Wave

Coniciding with the UK premiere of Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's epic documentary CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel at Close-Up, Close-Up Cinema presents a programme of masterpieces from the Czech and Slovak New Wave.

CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, 2018, 480 min

“This expansive and intimate, eminently engaging documentary was a labor of love by Mumbai-based archivist and filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, who became enamored with Jiří Menzel’s work after seeing Closely Watched Trains as a film student at the Film and Television Institute of India. Years later, Dungarpur initiated a correspondence and eventual friendship with Menzel that resulted in this astonishingly detailed and probing documentary on Menzel’s life and career, postwar Czechoslovak cinema, the New Wave and the political turmoil leading up to the Velvet Revolution and the ever resilient Czech cultural identity. Extensive interviews with Menzel, Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, Věra Chytilová, Emir Kusturica, Agnieszka Holland and host of other cinematic luminaries and Menzel collaborators illuminate deftly chosen film clips, historical footage and original contemporary views of places immortalized in Menzel’s films.” –  UCLA Film & Television Archive


Tuesday 23 April

8.15 pm
The White Dove
František Vláčil, 1960, 67 min

Saturday 27 April 2019

6.20 pm
Loves of a Blonde

Miloš Forman, 1965, 81 min

8 pm
Vera Chytilová, 1966, 74 min

Sunday 28 April 2019

1 pm
CzechMate: In Search of Jirí Menzel
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, 2018, 480 min
Introduced by Ehsan Khoshbakht

Monday 29 April 2019

8.15 pm
Closely Observed Trains
Jiří Menzel, 1966, 93 min

Saturday 4 May 2019

Diamonds of the Night
Jan Němec, 1964, 64 min
Josef Kilián
Pavel Jurácek & Jan Schmidt, 1965, 37 min

Tuesday 7 May 2019

8.15 pm
The Shop on the High Street
Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos, 1965, 125 min

Friday 10 May 2019

8.15 pm
Valerie and her Week of Wonders
Jaromil Jires, 1970, 73 min

Wednesday 15 May 2019

8.15 pm
The Cremator
Juraj Herz, 1968, 95 min


All films shown in their original version with English subtitles.

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Organised by Close-Up in collaboration with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

Loves of a Blonde

The Shop on the High Street

Diamonds of the Night





Loves of a Blonde
Miloš Forman, 1965, 81 min
Czech with English subtitles
With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love – that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of a Blonde immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned Miloš Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations.

Close-Up Cinema, 97 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6HR


From: 23 Apr 2019
To: 15 May 2019



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