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16-apr.-2018 - 31-mei-2018

Czechoslovak New Wave in CINEMATEK


Young filmmakers and graduates of Prague FAMU - Miloš Forman (The Firemen’s Ball), Věra Chytilová (Daisies), Jiří Menzel (Skylars on the String), Jan Němec (The Party and the Guests), Juraj Herz (The Cremator), Jaroslav Jireš (The Joke) and many others – caused a revolution on the Czech film scene in 1960s. They were a part of the widespread revival of national cinematographies like, for example, Nouvelle Vague in France or the movement of young British documentary filmmakers, Free Cinema. They break the ties with the dominant realistic and socialist aesthetics, they look critically at society and emphasize the need for new authenticity in cinematography.

Despite the censorship, which the filmmakers often tried to bypass with allegories, their movies achieved unprecedented ideological and formal freshness, harvesting immediate success with the audiences tired of propaganda of 1950s. During five groundbreaking years, Czech cinematography was experiencing a golden era during which gems of Czech film history were born. The Soviet-led invasion in August 1968 forcibly ended this trend, forcing many filmmakers to exile.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring, CINEMATEK and the Czech Centre Brussels invite you to rediscover this stormy period through film.

When: 16th April - 31st May 2018

Where :CINEMATEK, 9 rue Baron Horta, Brussels

More information and tickets (the capacity is limited, buy your tickets in advance!) HERE.







The Cat Who Wore Sunglasses (Vojtěch Jasný)

After the arrival of the magician and his cat with glasses, the village is suddenly upside down. Cat's eyes are colouring the villagers according to their character, thus revealing their true nature. The visual fireworks in the form of fable will please both young and old spectators.







A Character in Need of Support (Pavel Juráček – Jan Schmidt) + Každý mladý muž (Pavel Juráček)

A lonely man tries to return a cat which he had previously borrowed in a cat rental with a vision of consolation or Kafka's allegory of alienation and bureaucracy. This short film is followed by the film Každý mladý muž, which is the first solo feature film by director Juráček, which finds out that the soldiers have in mind only one thing - the girls.




The Hop Pickers (Ladislav Rychman)

It is the end of the summer, the time of the hop brigade and the two young workers find themselves in their first romantic and irresistible love that will meet the condemnation of the neighbourhood. Young rebels face conformism in the most famous Czech musical inspired by the West Side Story.




Lemonade Joe (Oldřich Lipský)

Lemonade Joe, a gunslinger who drinks only the "Kolaloka" lemonade, must clean the city of Stetson City in Arizona from cowboys who only drink Whiskey. The musical parody of the first Hollywood Westerns became a cult film of the Czechoslovak New Wave.




Intimní osvětlení (Ivan Passer)

The return of the musician to his home country for a concert reveals everyday human cowardice and inferiority. The jewel of the New Czech Waves, through which Ivan Passer received national recognition.




Transport from Paradise (Zbyněk Brynych)

An SS officer visits the Jewish ghetto near Prague, where a documentary about "the idyllic life that the Nazis convey to the Jews" is filmed. However, its inhabitants are in fact destined to be transported to Auschwitz. The film, which has been a great success with contemporary critics, is undoubtedly one of the most significant films dealing with the Holocaust.




The Party and the Guests (Jan Němec)

Participants in a rural picnic are humiliated by a despotic host to which they do not dare to oppose. The wild satire and the unmasked metaphor of the alienation of individuals during the Communist regime has been prohibited from cinemas for more than 20 years.





Daisies (Věra Chytilová)

Protesting, absurd and joyfully experimental, such are the jokes of two young, brave women revolting against the state of the world. One of the most irresistible effigies of Czech cinematography, the anthem of non-conformism, found between comic nihilism and subversive parody.




Capricious summer (Jiří Menzel)

During the gloomy summer three friends spend their time in one dirty little town in Bohemia. The sudden arrival of a rope climber and his beautiful assistant wakes up the desire in these men. Sensual and intimate “Country Party“, masterfully captured by Jiří Menzel.





The Firemen's Ball (Miloš Forman)

The small provincial town is the victim of many tragicomic incidents. The film, which was the last Forman‘s picture before his departure to emigration, is a satire in the form of an effigy which laughs at the rich and infertile bureaucrats.





The Cremator (Juraj Herz)

In Prague, a crematorium employee, seduced by Nazism, decides to lead a racial purge in his own way. Black comedy filled with symbols was put into cinemas shortly after the invasion of Soviet troops, and then banned by socialist censorship for the next twenty years.





The Joke (Jaromil Jireš)

In response to a letter with banal joke, a young man sees his life ruined by a regime that condemned him to forced labour. Hostile criticism of Stalinism, shot according to Milan Kundera's novel as Soviet tanks arrived in Prague ...





The Ear (Karel Kachyňa)

The film watches a prominent communist which falls into absolute paranoia over the course of one night. This illegal film was closed in the vault until 1990. It is a straightforward criticism of dictatorial bureaucracy and unlimited control which it exerts on its employees.




Adelheid (František Vláčil)

After the end of World War II, the Czech officer is in charge of an aristocratic residence, formerly inhabited by a Nazi war criminal. He falls in love with his daughter, which is now forced to serve in her former home. A shocking picture describes the complex relations between the Czechs and the Germans in the turbulent post-war period.




Larks on a String (Jiří Menzel)

In the Stalinist Czechoslovakia in the fifties, the "decadent bourgeoisie" finds its place at the scrap yard to be re-educated. People here take bullying and harassment with stunning optimism. The unruly satire of party politics, forbidden by censorship for more than twenty years.




Ferat Vampire (Juraj Herz)

Anyone who finds himself behind the wheel of the Ferat racing car runs the risk that he will not escape without harm. Sci-Fi horror about a car powered by human blood. Beginning automotive competitor Mima has the ability to ride with an extraordinary quality car which works on unusual fuel - human blood. Only her friend dr. Marek is aware of the danger threatening anyone involved with the Ferat car...







Czech Film Spring in Brussels

Czech Center Brussels together with its partners is dedicating the spring to film - from documentary to feature film, from Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s to the premiere of the latest work by Jan Švankmajer.

The first part of this year's large-scale film program of Czech Center Brussels was the sixth edition of the Echoes of Ji.hlava (5-11 March) - a showcase of the winning and most interesting films of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, whose unique concept is presented to the Brussels‘ audience each year.

In the second half of March (21 - 22 March), Helena Třeštíková, the legend of Czech documentary film, will attend the Millenium Festival in Brussels. Her Marriage Story and the movie Mallory will be screened, and she will give a masterclass entitled "How to film memory".

The third major Czech event in Brussels linked to documentary films is another festival, One World in Brussels (23 April - 3 May), which will bring human rights issues to the capital of Europe this year. This event on the border of culture and politics will be held in key places in Brussels such as BOZAR and the European Parliament.

In addition to the documentaries, we can look forward to Czech feature film too: On March 25, the Offscreen festival will officially end with the Belgian premiere of the latest film by Jan Švankmajer - Insects. During April and May, Brussels ' CINEMATEK will screen 17 major movies of Czechoslovak New Wave, such as Daisies or A Character in Need of Support.




Van: 16-apr.-2018
T/m: 31-mei-2018

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