Czech New Wave Cinema Comes to Austin
Posted: November 4, 2013
What could result from a chance encounter over breakfast tacos in Wimberley, TX between Professor Mark Hopkins and Czech film producer Jeffrey Brown? A collaboration between our Department and the Austin Film Society for a Czech New Wave Film retrospective, of course!
Both Jeff Brown and Dr. Mark Hopkins are residents of Wimberley, TX and Czech culture enthusiasts. A native Texan, Jeffrey Brown has been working in production in the Czech film scene for more than twenty years and has won numerous awards in the field. Our two heroes first met during last year’s Czech film series at UT Austin, where film producer Jeff Brown presented two films. So when Mr. Brown mentioned the possibility this year for Austin to host a film retrospective of one of the most well known film directors from the Czech New Wave, Jan Němec, Dr. Hopkins was eager to bring UT into the mix. Having enthusiastically jumped at this unique opportunity, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is now collaborating with the Austin Film Society in screening four of Němec’s most well-known films at the Marchesa Theater in November and December.
If you'd like to learn more about the Czech Director Jan Němec and why his films were chosen for a U.S. tour, you can ask Mr. Brown yourself at the exclusive UT Screening of the Jan Němec Documentary, followed by a brief talk by Jeffrey Brown:
"GOLDEN SIXTIES (Zlatá Šedesátá): JAN NEMEC" (2011, 58min)
November 12th at 6:00pm in MEZ 1.306.
Friday, November 15th at 8:30pm: "A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS"
Sunday, December 1st at 7:00pm: "TOYEN"
Monday, December 2nd at 8:00pm: "A LOAF OF BREAD" and "DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT"
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 7:30pm: "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.