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22 Mar 2015 - 25 Jun 2015

The Films of Věra Chytilová – UK Tour

Following the first UK retrospective of Věra Chytilová, one of the key film-makers of the 1960s, at the BFI Southbank in London, her films will tour the UK and will be screened in 10 UK cities. An innovative filmmaker, best known for her experimental farce ‘Daisies’, Chytilova’s focus was on women rebelling against male-domination. She bravely and consistently applied her own moral vision to her work and was banned from making films by the Czechoslovak government.



Duke’s Komedia Brighton – 12 April
Cambridge Picturehouse
- 19 April

Arthouse Crouch End London - 20 April
Filmhouse Edinburgh - 29 April
Curzon Sheffield - 10 May
Stoke on Trent Film Theatre - 14 May
Home Manchaster -16 June

Chytilová’s neo-dadaist farce is full of extravagant visual effects, sensuous décor and fascinating experiments with colour. Two teenage girls stumble through a series of happenings, exploit middle-aged men and engage in orgies of eating, interspersed with sun bathing. Full of enthusiasm and joie de vivre, the film mixes social observation, feminist comment and formal experiment in one exhilarating journey.
(Czechoslovakia 1966, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, 95 min, With English subtitles, 15)


Filmhouse Edinburgh - 15 April
Hackney Picturehouse London - 16 April
Cambridge Picturehouse - 26 April
Hyde Park Leeds - 22 March
FACT Liverpool 10 May
Tyneside  – 21 May, 18:05

Chytilová first attracted international attention with these medium-length student films. Ceiling - a sophisticated take on the life of a fashion model which gives unusual perspectives and A Bagful of Fleas, where the everyday world of factory girls conflicts with officialdom.
(Ceiling: Czechoslovakia 1961, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Marta Kaňovská, Julián Chytil, Josef Abrhám, 43 min, With English subtitles
(A Bagful of Fleas: Czechoslovakia 1962, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Helga Čočková, 42 min, With English subtitles)


Arthouse Crouch End London - 7 April
Filmhouse Edinburgh - 22 April
Hackney Picturehouse London - 23 April
Cambridge Picturehouse - 3 May

In Chytilová's first feature Something Different, she tells the parallel stories of a woman gymnast, Eva Bosáková (filmed as documentary), and an ordinary housewife (filmed as fiction). The two strands never meet but provide a progressive comment on each other and the differing roles of the women. An absorbing and important work for women’s cinema, it also features striking camerawork from Jan Čuřík.
(Czechoslovakia 1963, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Eva Bosáková, Věra Uzelacová, Josef Langmiler, Jiří Kodet, 82 min, With English subtitles)


Hyde Park Leeds - 30 April
Duke’s Komedia Brighton – 12 April
Filmhouse Edinburgh - 6 May
Cambridge Picturehouse - 10 May
Stoke on Trent Film Theatre - 28 May, 19.45
Tyneside - 18 June, 18.10

In her most experimental work, Zdeněk Liška’s music, Jaroslav Kučera’s cinematography and Ester Krumbachová’s design combine in a unique celebration of form. The film is nominally based on the story of a murderer, with the characters symbolising Eve, Adam and the Devil against a background of the Garden of Eden. While the narrative is challenging, the process of audience interaction is entirely pleasurable.
(Czechoslovakia-Belgium 1969, Directed by Věra Chytilová, With Jitka Nováková, Karel Novák, Jan Schmid, 95 min, 35mm, With English subtitles)


Arthouse Crouch End London - 5 May
Filmhouse Edinburgh – 13 May
Cambridge Picturehouse - 17 May
Stoke on Trent Film Theatre - 2 June, 19.45
Home Manchaster -14 June
Tyneside – 25 June, 17.55

Set on a high-rise estate, Chytilová’s film delves into notions of mortality and materialism. Chytilová’s multi-level portrayal of contemporary life is a blunt and aggressive confrontation with the ‘normalised’ society in which she lived. Set against the background of a high-rise estate, the film examines the nature of contemporary morality and materialist preoccupations. One of the few genuinely critical works of its time, Prefab Story received limited release and was denied international exposure.
(Czechoslovakia 1979, directed by Věra Chytilová, with Lukáš Bech, Antonín Vaňha, Eva Kačírková, 96 min, 35mm, with English subtitles)


Hackney Picturehouse London  - 7 May
Filmhouse Edinburgh - 20 May, 18.00
Cambridge Picturehouse – 24 May, 18.00

Described as a ‘feminist black comedy,’ Chytilová’s post-communist film continues the confrontational approach of Prefab Story with the subject of a woman who is raped by two men. Unfortunately for them, she’s a veterinary surgeon practised in techniques of castration. Also a political commentary attacking male power, it shows Chytilová treating capitalist morality with the same enthusiasm previously reserved for ‘socialist’ compromise.
(Czech Republic 1998, directed by Věra Chytilová, with Tomáš Hanák, Miroslav Donutil, Zuzana Stivínová, 124 min, 35mm, with English subtitles)


London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne and Manchester

From: 22 Mar 2015
To: 25 Jun 2015


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