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Czech Documentary Film on Jan Němec: GOLDEN SIXTIES (Zlatá Šedesátá)

Tue, November 12, 2013 • 6:00 PM • MEZ 1.306

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"GOLDEN SIXTIES (Zlatá Šedesátá): Jan Němec" 

A UT Special Screening of the Jan Němec Documentary
followed by a brief talk by Jeffrey Brown

November 12, 6pm, FREE

MEZ 1.306

 GOLDEN SIXTIES (Zlatá Šedesátá): Jan Němec (2011, 58min) Directed by Martin Sulik. A film portrait from the 27-part TV series about filmmakers of the Czechoslovak New Wave with directors from the production of Prvni verejnopravni. More on the series at: zlatasedesata.cz.

Jeffrey Brown will give a brief talk on Jan Nemec and his place in the Czech New Wave, focusing on the titles chosen for the Retrospective, as well as his place in current Czech cinema,  following the screening of the documentary GOLDEN SIXTIES.

Check out the trailer for the retrospective here!

Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while the Czech feature Shut Up and Shoot Me won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the 2010 Karlovy Vary IFF. He is in post-production on Listopad, a narrative feature on the Czech Republic's Velvet Revolution and The Last Underground on underground Czech music and art. Jeffrey splits time between Prague, Czech Republic, where he has lived for the last 20 years, and Wimberley, TX.

 

The Upcoming Film Retrospective:

 Part of the North American tour of "Independent of Reality: The Film World of Jan Nemec"

Join us for this introduction to the first full-career US retrospective of director Jan Nemec, the enfant terrible of the Czechoslovak New Wave film movement of the 1960s. The Austin leg of the North American Tour is presented by the Austin Film Society and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Produced by Comeback Company in partnership with National Film Archive, Prague, and Aerofilms. Curated by Irena Kovarova. 

Retrospective screenings begin Nov. 15 at the Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752 (512-454-2000; http://themarchesahallandtheatre.wordpress.com).

All films on rare imported archival 35mm prints, in Czech with English subtitles. Directed and written by Jan Nemec, unless noted otherwise.

Tickets: $10 regular price, **$5 with a UT student ID**

 

Friday, November 15th at 8:30pm:  A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS

A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS (O slavnosti a hostech) (1966, 70min) With Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusak, Evald Schorm,  Zdena Skvorecka. This film puts Nemec squarely in the Czech avant-garde along with Vera Chytilova (Daisies). Writing script with the same partner, Ester Krumbachova, who also created the remarkable look of both films, Nemec made an absurd, yet very universal film, about the mechanics of power and how people collaborate in creating the reality that oppresses them. A group of middle-aged bourgeois picnicking in the woods on their way to a celebration is assaulted by thugs who begin to interrogate them for no obvious reason, until the party’s host intervenes. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1966, but at home it was banned ‘forever’ by the Communists, who rebuffed Nemec’s assurances that the film is not an allegory of the current government. 

“Pure and universal” – Renata Adler, The New York Times

Sunday, December 1st at 7:00pm: TOYEN

TOYEN (2005, 63min) With Zuzana Stivinova, Jan Budar. In one of the most enigmatic films of his career Nemec takes on the task of creating an artist’s portrait by an abstractly structured film. At its center is the revered surrealist painter known as Toyen, a name she was given by her friend and fellow surrealist Jindrich Styrsky, which was to inspire ambiguity about the bearer’s sex. The film, true to the subject’s own surrealist style, is an idiosyncratic vision on the theme of Toyen and her destiny. Nemec revisits the most oppressive period of her life, when she lived in Prague providing shelter to artist Jindrich Heisler, who was evading calls to transports during WWII, followed by the early years of the Communist regime. Much like the artists’ lives, the film disintegrates in hallucinatory visions and images, and through associations attempts to reveal what fired Toyen’s imagination.

Monday, December 2nd at 8:00pm: A LOAF OF BREAD and DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT

DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (Demanty noci) (1964, 64min) With Antonin Kumbera and Ladislav Jansky. Believing that director must create “a personal style” and “a world independent of reality as it appears at the time”, Nemec employed his visions already in his first feature length film. DIAMONDS follows an escape of two young concentration camp prisoners through the woods of Sudetenland and the ensuing hunt for them. Employing devises of ‘pure cinema’, Nemec depicts the state of distressed human mind, moving freely between the present, dreams and flashbacks. This true surreal masterpiece comes closer to the truth of human experience, than any works of realism.  Newly struck archival 35mm print!To be screened with A LOAF OF BREAD (Sousto) (1960, 11min) Nemec’s school graduation film is based on a story from the same book by Arnost Lustig and could be seen as a prequel to DIAMONDS as it follows a story of starving prisoners plotting to steal a piece of bread from a parked train.

Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm: A LOAF OF BREAD and DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT 

DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (Demanty noci) (1964, 64min) With Antonin Kumbera and Ladislav Jansky. Believing that director must create “a personal style” and “a world independent of reality as it appears at the time”, Nemec employed his visions already in his first feature length film. DIAMONDS follows an escape of two young concentration camp prisoners through the woods of Sudetenland and the ensuing hunt for them. Employing devises of ‘pure cinema’, Nemec depicts the state of distressed human mind, moving freely between the present, dreams and flashbacks. This true surreal masterpiece comes closer to the truth of human experience, than any works of realism.  Newly struck archival 35mm print! To be screened with A LOAF OF BREAD (Sousto) (1960, 11min) Nemec’s school graduation film is based on a story from the same book by Arnost Lustig and could be seen as a prequel to DIAMONDS as it follows a story of starving prisoners plotting to steal a piece of bread from a parked train.

Friday, December 6th at 8:00pm:  PEARLS OF THE DEEP

PEARLS OF THE DEEP (Perlicky na dne) (1966, 107min) includes story directed by JN: THE IMPOSTORS (Podvodnici) With Milos Ctrnacty, Frantisek Havel. Considered a manifesto of the Czechoslovak New Wave, this anthology of five short films by five rising directors is based on a book by the venerable Bohumil Hrabal. Absurdist in style and turning attention to the individual, the writer broke with the socialist realism that was the dictate of the times. Nemec’s story is the most stylistically simple, about two elderly men sharing their illustrious life careers while spending time in hospital. The conclusion reveals that one of their best qualities was mastering the art of embellishment.

Sponsored by: Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Austin Film Society


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