BAMcinématek is proud to present the first full-career US retrospective of Czechoslovak New Wave enfant terrible Jan Nemec. Though Nemec was an instrumental player in the Czechoslovak New Wave alongside Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel, Vera Chytilova, and others, he is relatively unknown stateside. This long-overdue survey of Nemec’s nearly 50 year career of uncompromising work features 12 films and a week-long run of Diamonds of the Night (1964) in a new 35mm print. The retrospective premieres at BAMcinématek before embarking on a tour through North America.
Curated by Irena Kovarova and produced by Comeback Company in partnership with the National Film Archive, Prague, Aerofilms, and Jan Nemec–Film.
The premiere screening of the Jan Nemec retrospective at BAM is presented with financial support from the Czech State Fund for Cinematography.
For more information on the North American tour of this retrospective, visit comebackcompany.com.
Screening in a new 35mm print, this harrowing film depicts the distressed human mind.
Jan Nemec’s absurdist film examines the mechanics of power.
An illuminating documentary portrait of trailblazing director Jan Nemec.
This three-part ballad cemented Jan Nemec’s reputation as an unrestrained nonconformist.
This Czechoslovak New Wave manifesto features five short films by five rising directors.
Jan Nemec takes on his “essential author,” Franz Kafka, in this visionary adaptation.
In this award-winning personal essay film, Jan Nemec turns the camera on his own psyche.
Jan Nemec explores the life of surrealist painter Toyen in this enigmatic portrait.
This film revisits the Prague Spring and the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.