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Czechoslovak New Wave: Trnka and Uher


Wed 5 Jun 2013, 7:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $26.00
  • General Admission (concession): $21.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: CaSFFA

Preludes to the Czechoslovak New Wave: Trnka and Uher co-presented with The Melbourne Cinémathèque.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sen noci svatojánské, 1959) . Several years in the making, Jiří Trnka's astonishing final feature is a stunningly beautiful, highly faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. Shot on glorious Eastmancolor stock, Trnka's puppet animation is more liquid, more balletic than ever and a perfect match for Václav Trojan's marvellous score. A Midsummer Night's Dream will screen on 35mm, courtesy of Národní filmový archive.

The Sun in a Net (Slnko v sieti, dir. Štefan Uher, 1962): Štefan Uher's remarkable second feature was the first Czechoslovak film to break from the mandates of Socialist Realism by striving for authenticity in depicting the everyday lives of disaffected youths. Stanislav Szomolányi’s location cinematography and Ilja Zeljenka’s musique concrète score remain striking. DCP of 50th anniversary digital restoration of The Sun in a Net courtesy of Slovenský filmový ústav.

The Hand - Ruka (dir. Jiří Trnka, 1965, 19 minutes, 35mm): The Sun in a Net will be preceded by The Hand (Ruka, dir. Jiří Trnka, 1965, 19 minutes). Trnka’s exquisite yet terribly ironic final film is amongst the most potent political examinations of artistic life under totalitarian regimes ever produced. The Hand will screen on 35mm, courtesy of Národní filmový archive.

Image - Photographers: Gita Skoumalová & Zuzana Minácová Source: © Slovenský filmový ústav - Fotoarchív