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13 Nov 2011 17:55

Marijka the Unfaithful

This ballad-style story of love, betrayal and guilt set in the authentic milieu of Subcarpathian Ruthenia is essentially a love triangle but also a portrayal of everyday life in a remote area, a melting pot of ethinicities, as experienced by writer Ivan Olbracht. Shot by Vančura in authentic exteriors and real time with non-professional actors who (except for Marijka) play themselves, giving their characters their personal names, the film is not only like a trip to the past but it is also a genuine art film influenced by the avant-garde Soviet filmmakers. An original score by composer Bohuslav Martinů adds another dimension to this poetic movie.

Part of the Made in Prague 2011, Film & Literature Festival.

Vladislav Vančura, Czechoslovakia, 1934, 72’,  In Ruthinian, Slovak, Yiddish, and Czech with English subtitles
Cast: Anna Škelebejová, Petro Bircak, Olena Bricakov, Herzán

+ Song of Ruthenia
Jiri Weiss, Czechoslovakia, 1937, 11’
A lyrical documentary portraying Subcarpathian Ruthenia and the challenging lives of its inhabitants.  


Ivan Olbracht (1882 – 1952) was a writer and journalist specializing in Subcarpathian Ruthenia. The Strange Friendship of Jesenius, the Actor (1919), Nikola Schuhaj, Highwayman (1933), Golet in the Valley (1937).

BOX OFFICE: 020 8237 1111


ADMISSION: one film £8.50 (£7.50 concs.)
two films £12 (£10 concs.)
Excluding Sunday 1.30 PM screenings


Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL


13 Nov 2011 17:55


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