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13 Apr 2015

Fruit of Paradise (Ovoce stromů rajských jíme) – DVD release

The late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová followed her iconic film Daisies (1966) with the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise. Examining issues of truth and lies, friendship and betrayals she creates, through a symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story, a ravishing tapestry of ideas, textures, and visual tropes set to composer Zdenek Liška’s incredible score. As a result, Chytilová was condemned by the authorities for her ‘vehicles of nihilism’ and banned from filmmaking for several years. Acknowledged since as a key film of the Czech New Wave but unseen for many years, Fruit of Paradise is a cinematic tour de force of sound, colour, technique and formalism by a group of artists working at the peak of their powers.

Dir. Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1969

1970 Cannes Film Festival / Official Selection
1970 Chicago International Film Festival / Jury Award

"Luridly subversive... impossible to summarize and hard to resist" Village Voice

"Chytilova's wild, extravagant, and ravishing romp... intoxicating on a sensual level" Jonathan Rosenbaum

"An audacious combination of allegorical narrative and the avant-garde... a brilliantly executed aesthetic exercise. It is formalism at its most beautiful" Daniel Bird, Central Europe Review

DVD Special features:
New HD digital transfer.
Věra Chytilová’s renowned 1961 short film Ceiling (Strop).
Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.
New and improved English subtitle translation.

BARCODE: 5060114150904
RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: 12
Running time: 95 minutes
Special feature: 41 minutes
Language: Czech;
Subtitles: English

For more info and/or press requests please contact Chris Barwick chris.barwick@secondrundvd.com or 07907 730 100


Second Run DVD also released Daisies and Traps by Vera Chytilova.

Věra Chytilová UK Tour: 22 March – 2 June 2015, Arts Picturehouse Cambridge, Filmhouse Edinburgh, Curzon Cinemas Shefield, Stoke on Trent Film Theatre, Hackney Picturehouse, ArtHouse Crouch End and Hyde Park Picture House Leeds. For more information about the UK Tour click here.




13 Apr 2015


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