25 Jul 2013 20:00
Czechoslovak New Wave: Joseph Kilián and The Sun in a Net
Riverside Studios and Second Run DVD present a very special double-bill of ground-breaking 1960s Czechoslovak films, released for the first time ever in the UK. The evening will start with a surrealist masterpiece 'Joseph Kilián' (Postava k podpírání), by Czech director Pavel Juráček and will be followed by Štefan Uher's 'The Sun in a Net' (Slnko v sieti), an exquisite feature consistently ranked amongst the greatest films in the history of Slovak cinema.
Joseph Kilián (Postava k podpírání) (15)
dir. Pavel Jurácek and Jan Schmidt, Czechoslovakia, 1963, 40 minutes, English subtitles
Although author of the screenplays for Daisies, Ikarie XB1and A Jester’s Tale, Pavel Jurácek remains one of the Czechoslovak New Wave’s most neglected artists. He made only four films, and this surrealist masterpiece - inspired by two icons of Czech literature: the anti-militarist, anti-authoritarian Jaroslav Hasek and the grotesque nightmares of Franz Kafka - was “banned forever” after the Soviet invasion of 1969. With a beautiful minimalistic style, Jurácek and Schmidt create a concise and absurdly humorous, biting allegory of life under a totalitarian regime.
"Juráček and Schmidt scarcely put a foot wrong in evoking the incomprehensible mazes - simultaneously absurd and terrifying - of totalitarian bureaucracy" Time Out
The Sun in a Net (Slnko v sieti) (12)
dir. Štefan Uher, Czechoslovakia, 1962, 90 minutes, English subtitles
Štefan Uher's exquisite, groundbreaking feature is
consistently ranked amongst the greatest films in the history of Slovak cinema
and is cited as the film that kick-started the whole 'Czechoslovak New Wave' movement.
Bringing to the screen a number of hitherto unacceptable social and political themes, The Sun in a Net is a complex interplay of sunlight and darkness, sound and silence, truth and lies.
"It has the vivacity and love of life that we found in the early films of Truffaut, for example. The only mystery is why has it been unknown outside Czechoslovakia for almost half a century?" Senses of Cinema
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The Sun in a Net will be released on DVD by Second Run on July 22nd
Also, the Czech film Ikarie XB-1 will be released on DVD by Second Run on August 26th
8 PM; Riverside Studios, 1 Crisp Rd, London W6 9RL
25 Jul 2013 20:00
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event