17 May 2005 00:00 - 31 May 2005 00:00
Poetry and Transgression: The Films of Jaromil Jires
Film retrospective of Czech director Jaromil Jires.
Tuesday 17 May 2005
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Jireš’s haunting evocation of a girl’s emergence into womanhood is based on the ‘black’ novel by the surrealist poet, Vítězslav Nezval. A mixture of eroticism and gothic horror, it focuses on the adventures of a 13-year-old girl living with her austere grandmother.
Also screened on Friday 20 May at 6.45pm with The Company of Wolves
Transgression, Transportation and Titillation
To launch the English publication of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, the panellists Peter Hames, Timothy Beasley-Murray and Tanya Krziwynska will discuss the literary source as well as film adaptation and its social and political context.
Tuesday 24 May 2005
Hall of Lost Footsteps
Echoes of war, concentration camps and particularly the atomic bomb in Hirosima are juxtaposed with the lives of people living in peace who are threatened only by atomic weapons testing.
Jireš's charming debut deals with the life of Slávek and Ivana who are expecting their first child. They reflect on their life as a couple whilst they wait for the baby. With Ivana in a labour ward, anxious Slávek goes back to work and suddenly finds himself more aware of the cynicism, hypocrisy and racism of other people
The Dance Master
A young dance instructor diagnosed with tuberculosis arrives at a sanitarium for his treatment. Fighting the illness with an innate optimism and dancing despite having already been expelled from two institutions, he wins over the other patients who have passively accepted the terms imposed on them by strict institutional discipline.
Tuesday 31 May 2005
Even after 15 years Ludvík hasn’t overcome the consequences of the student joke for which he was expelled from university and the communist party and sent to a labour camp. He revenges himself on his former best friend, responsible for his misfortune, by seducing his wife, only to be faced at his victorious moment by one of life’s many jokes. Based on the novel by Milan Kundera.
8.25pm The Rabbit Case
The Rabbit Case
In order to improve his health, a successful lawyer abandons his Prague career and friends and swaps café life and high profile cases for the countryside and the defence of petty thieves. The naivity and helplessness of most of his clients contrast sharply with the smugness of a successful and popular scoundrel who refuses to return borrowed money in ‘The Rabbit Case’.
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From: 17 May 2005 00:00
To: 31 May 2005 00:00
Czech Centre London