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The Anarchic Cinema of Věra Chytilová

 
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Apr 10—Apr 18, 2019
 
   
 
 
 
 
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The most radical—both stylistically and politically—director to emerge from the Czechoslovak New Wave, Věra Chytilová (1929–2014) is primarily known to audiences outside the Czech Republic for her famously banned, anarcho-feminist blitzkrieg Daisies. Far from a one-hit wonder, however, Chytilová left behind a rich body of rarely screened, genre-spanning works—avant-garde, comedy, horror, and beyond—all infused with her defiantly anti-patriarchal worldview and freewheeling visual style. Her films are open calls to rebellion from a fierce individualist who once said, “If there’s something you don’t like, don’t keep to the rules—break them.” A longtime professor at Prague’s legendary FAMU film school, her work is presented alongside a selection of films by a new generation of filmmakers mentored by Chytilová.

Co-presented with the Czech Film Fund


Czech Film Foundation
 
PAST EVENTS
Something Different
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Something Different
 

The stunning opening shot in Chytilová’s career-long war against patriarchal oppression.

Wed, Apr 10, 2019
 
 
Journey
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Journey
 

A 74-year-old Věra Chytilová reflects candidly on her life and career.

Wed, Apr 10, 2019
 
 
Fruit of Paradise
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Fruit of Paradise
 

Chytilová’s senses-ravishing take on the story of Adam and Eve set in a European health spa.

Thu, Apr 11, 2019
 
 
Family Film
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Family Film
 

A bourgeois family implodes in spectacular fashion in this subversive melodrama.

Thu, Apr 11, 2019
 
 
Daisies
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Daisies
 

The most radical film of the Czechoslovak New Wave is a gleeful vision of smash-it-all rebellion.

Apr 12—Apr 18, 2019
 
 
Jester And The King
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The Jester and the Queen
 

Chytilová’s expressionistic tale of political and sexual gamesmanship in a medieval castle.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019
 
 
Panelstory
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Panelstory
 

This satire of everyday existence is an unsung masterpiece of Chytilová’s post-60s career.

Sat, Apr 13, 2019
 
 
Wolf's Hole
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Wolf's Hole
 

Chytilová’s subversively gonzo take on the 80s teen horror movie.

Sat, Apr 13, 2019
 
 
The Inheritance
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The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodday
 

Chytilová lampoons early 1990s capitalistic zeal with gleeful bad taste.

Sat, Apr 13, 2019
 
 
The Very Late Afternoon of the Faun
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The Very Late Afternoon of a Faun
 

Chytilová caustic comedy mercilessly skewers male vanity and gives women the last laugh.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019
 
 
The Apple Game
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The Apple Game
 

Chytilová’s bold, feminist take on the battle of the sexes farce set in a maternity ward.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019
 
 
Filthy
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Filthy
 

A fearless exposé of the stigma surrounding sexual assault that gives voice to survivors.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019
 
 
Dreamers
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Dreamers
 

A biting portrait of quarter-life anxiety for anyone who’s dreamed of starting over.

Mon, Apr 15, 2019
 
 
Traps
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Traps
 

Chytilová hits toxic masculinity where it hurts.

Tue, Apr 16, 2019
 
 
A Bagful Of Fleas
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Ceiling + A Bagful of Fleas + Automat Svět
 

These early shorts by Chytilová are freewheeling odes to anarchy and feminist rebellion.

Wed, Apr 17, 2019
 
 
Pleasant Moments
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Pleasant Moments
 

Chytilová’s whiplash-inducing portrait of a society in the throes of a mass emotional breakdown.

Thu, Apr 18, 2019