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15 Oct 2010 00:00 - 28 Oct 2010 00:00

Czech films at London Film Festival

Tomáš Mašin's long planned debut feature 3 Seasons in Hell set in postwar Prague and the newest film by Czech animator Jan Svankmajer Surviving Life represent Czech film in this years’ London Film Festival.


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3 SEASONS IN HELL

Fri 15 | 18:30 | Vue Screen 3

Sat 16 | 15:30 | Vue Screen 3

Sun 24 | 14:00 | TRICYCLE

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Cast: Kryštof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba, Luboš Kostelný, Miroslav Krobot

Country: Czech Republic-Germany-Slovakia

Writer: Tomáš Mašin

Running time: 110min

Year: 2009


A young poet and his liberated girlfriend face a new reality when the Communists take power in Prague in the late 1940s.

Postwar Prague, before the Communist era, is a scene of hope and energy. Ivan Heinz (Kryštof Hádek), a would-be poet committed to the ideals of surrealism and world revolution, leaves his conservative home background, adopting a confrontational and bohemian lifestyle. He soon strikes up a relationship with the liberated and free-thinking Jana (Karolina Gruszka). With the Communist takeover of 1948, his idealism comes face to face with Stalinism as members of the intellectual bourgeoisie are eliminated or attempt to leave the country. His and Janas plans to escape together to Paris are thwarted with tragic consequences. Tomáš Mašins long planned debut feature was inspired by the autobiography of the underground poet and philosopher Egon Bondy, in which he tells of his relationship with the daughter of Milena Jesenská, Kafkas girlfriend. With meticulous period reconstruction and award-winning photography from Icelandic cameraman Karl Oskarsson, 3 Seasons in Hell provides an original and visually compelling portrait of the post war years.

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SURVIVING LIFE

Mon 25 | 18:15 | Vue Screen 6 

Tue 26 | 14:45 | Vue Screen 5
Thu 28 | 19:00 | STUDIO

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Director: Jan Švankmajer

Cast: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Kronerová

Country: Czech Republic

Writer : Jan Švankmajer

Running time: 104min

Year: 2010


Eugene prefers a life of dreams to everyday reality in surrealist animator Jan Švankmajers witty extension of one of his own dreams.

Eugene (Václav Helsus) leads a double life - married to Milada, he also dreams of the beautiful Evgenia (Klára Issová). Seeking to perpetuate his dream life, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who attempts to provide an ongoing interpretation of his experiences. On the wall are portraits of Freud and Jung, which become animated, alternately applauding, disapproving or fighting over her interpretations. This latest film from practising surrealist and animator, Jan Švankmajer (Alice, Little Otik) uses actors but is primarily conceived as cut-out animation, combining real actors with their animated photographs, providing freedom for imaginative collages, and humorous nods in the direction of some of surrealisms more familiar practitioners (Dalí, Ernst, Buñuel). Although Švankmajer warns us that it is a comedy that we wont find amusing, this is the director in light-hearted vein, and the film will appeal to lovers of Terry Gilliam and Jan Lenica as well as admirers of Švankmajer.

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Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 15 Oct 2010 00:00
To: 28 Oct 2010 00:00

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