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8 Oct 2017 - 9 Oct 2017

Little Crusader @ BFI London Film Festival 2017

In southern Italy, a knight searches for his son who has joined the Children’s Crusade in this unusual, visually evocative take on the Middle Ages.

In his award-winning third film, Czech director Václav Kadrnka combines a spiritual quest with an unorthodox take on the medieval era. Enthralled by stories of the Children’s Crusade, a small boy dons a suit of armour, leaves his parents sleeping and sets off into the unknown. His father, the knight Bořek, is soon in pursuit. As his search for his son continues, the film turns towards the man’s inner reality as the landscape he traverses increasingly mirrors his own psychological state. Poetic, low key and featuring minimal dialogue, Little Crusader is a refreshing antidote to the majority of contemporary cinema. Filmed in Southern Italy – Puglia, Calabria – and Sardinia, locations inextricably linked to the crusades, the film’s use of selective image, sound and rhythm recalls the work of Bresson and, occasionally, Tarkovsky. There’s also a striking score by Irena and Vojtěch Havel. Peter Hames

Sunday 08 October 2017 18:15 / Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1

Monday 09 October 2017 15:15 / Haymarket Cinema, Screen 1

Dir-Prod Václav Kadrnka
Scr Jiří Soukup, Vojtěch Mašek, Václav Kadrnka
With Karel Roden, Aleš Bílík, Matouš John
Czech Republic-Slovakia-Italy
Prod Co Sirius Films

Followed by Q&A with director Václav Kadrnka and actor Karel Roden.



Curzon Mayfair Cinema / Haymarket Cinema


From: 8 Oct 2017
To: 9 Oct 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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