The DAFilms streaming portal is paying tribute to Dušan Hanák, one of the most important Czechoslovak New Wave directors, by presenting thirteen digitally restored films in what is the first online retrospective focused on his work.
Hanák’s creative start dates to the 1960s, when the Czechoslovak New Wave began to attract interest with the films of Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová, and Jiří Menzel at the head of the list. He made his first feature-length film – 322 – in 1969, one year after Czechoslovakia was occupied by Soviet-led troops. Despite the exceptional international success of his debut film, his next two works – Pictures of the Old World and Rosy Dreams – were relegated to the censor’s vault for many years. They were not acknowledged until after 1989, when they once again became accessible to public audiences. Originally condemned to be forgotten because of how they depict the raw reality of life under a totalitarian regime, today these films are admired for the filmmaker’s experimentation with documentary methods and how he portrayed life without any embellishment.
For more details and full programme go to DAFilms website: https://dafilms.com/program/925-dusan-hanak-retrospective
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