19 Oct 2006 00:00 - 1 Nov 2006 00:00
Czech films at London Film Festival
Three Czech films at the Times BFI London Film Festival which showcases the best new films from around the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006.
Oct 20 - 20:45
Oct 22 - 16:15
Directed by Jan Balej, Aurel Klimt, Břetislav Pojar, Vlasta Pospíšilová
Year of Production 2006
Running Time 90 minutes
In this sequel to the successful Jan Werich's Fimfarum, four animators of different generations provide more adaptations of Werich's stories 'for small kids and clever adults'. In Three Sisters and One Ring, set in southern Bohemia sometime in the 20s, three sisters discover a ring and decide that it will go to whoever succeeds in ridiculing their husband the most. The Hunchback of Damascus tells of three hunchbacks, all expert wordsmen, all blind in the left eye and lame in the right foot, and indistinguishable from each other. Uncle, Why is the Sea Salty? is the story of twin brothers, one rich and one poor, and how Lucifer provides a magic mill. Tom Thumb rises from his bewitched origins to adventures with the King and the family of the giant Snow Eater. The film combines the talents of B?retislav Pojar, who together with Ji?rí Trnka, was one of the founders of Czech puppet film in the 50s, Vlasta Pospís?ilová, who has worked with both Trnka and S?vankmajer, Jan Balej (One Night in the Town), and the talented Aurel Klimt (The Enchanted Bell, The Fall). The puppets are original - sometimes grotesque - proof that the Czech tradition is alive and well.
For more info about film Fimfarum 2 click here.
Oct 30 - 18:30
Nov 1 - 15:15
Directed by Jan Svankmajer
Written by Jan Svankmajer
With Pavel Liska, Jan Tríska, Anna Geislerová
Year of Production 2006
Running Time 118 minutes
In his latest film, Jan Svankmajer was inspired by two of his surrealist mentors, Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade. The naïve Jean Berlot suffers a nightmare at a wayside inn and is befriended by a character known only as the Marquis. Unlike the other guests, who leave by bus, the Marquis travels by coach and horses. He invites Jean to come with him to a private lunatic asylum run by the free-thinking Dr. Murlloppe who, the Marquis suggests, may be able to help him. But Murlloppe, it transpires, is a doctor who rebelled against the system and, along with the Marquis and other inmates, has taken over the asylum and imprisoned the staff. The film is very largely live action - although framed by the theme of animated meat. The atmosphere of the 18th Century and a Sadeian sense of revolution prevail, although the film is set at no specific time. Jean falls in love with Charlotte, symbol of liberty, victim, seductress, and collaborator - exhibiting all the contradictions imposed by desire. S?vankmajer describes his film as a 'philosophical horror story', making reference to a world gone mad. Yet again, he probes the realities of human motivation and of institutional power.
Vierka, or The Mystery of Family B’s Disappearance
Oct 19 - 13:45
Oct 21 - 16:00
Directed by Miroslav Janek
Written by Miroslav Janek
Year of Production 2005
Running Time 76 minutes
When Czech singer Ida Kelarová meets the young Roma singer, Vierka Berkyová, she discovers an extraordinary and vibrant talent. Determined to develop her musical abilities and career, she brings her and her family from their home in Slovakia to live in the Czech Republic. They are encouraged to learn new routines and develop their lives in a variety of 'productive' ways. Then, one day they disappear without trace. What began as a document about Vierka develops into a mystery. Director Miroslav Janek (editor of Powaqqatsi) manages to trace them and provides an explanation of sorts. What the film records is the meeting of two ways of life, where the Roma parents seek to maintain their family links, where singing in the local bar counts for more than celebrity. It's a compelling film that discovers its own narrative, observes without concluding and allows viewers to form their own judgments.
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 19 Oct 2006 00:00
To: 1 Nov 2006 00:00