Double Bill: Chuť dospievania

Január 2018: Valerie a týden divů, Raw

Valerie a Justine sú dospievajúce dievčatá. Z naivných, anjelských stvorení sa stávajú sebavedomé mladé ženy. Každá z nich sa ocitne v bizarnom svete, ktorému spočiatku nedokáže porozumieť. Detská nevinnosť tu nemá svoje miesto: toto sú svety dospelých a oživených monštier z rozprávok. Zároveň sú to miesta ukájania ich najskrytejších túžob i nasýtenia nezvyčajných chúťok. Nad nevinnosťou detstva protagonistiek týchto filmov sa sťahujú zlovestné mraky dospelosti...  

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Valery’s Week Of Wonders

Valerie a týden divů; Jaromil Jireš, 1970, OV (cz) + AT | filmotéka; Jaromil Jireš, 1970, versions: OR

In 1970, director Jaromil Jireš transformed author Vítězslav Nezval’s gothic novel Valérie a týden divů (1932) into a poetic horror story, in what would prove to be one of the last “free” Czechoslovak New Wave features. Production and costume designer Ester Krumbachová served as co-writer along with Jireš. The main character in this dreamlike fantasy tale is a 13-year-old girl (aged 17 in the novel), whose tranquil life with her strict grandmother is transformed into a wondrous, but potentially dangerous adventure. A desire to uncover the secret of her own origins leads Valerie into a fantasy world inhabited by mysterious creatures and characters reflecting the real-world anxieties and wishes of the girl. Young Orlík tries to provide her with some brotherly protection. The outward kindness of Valerie’s pious grandmother is repeatedly challenged (a Skunk doubling as a constable who threatens Valerie was once her grandmother’s lover; the ostensibly old woman still yearns to be seduced by Gracián the missionary). Valerie’s grandmother, in her rejuvenated form, adds to the dangers facing the girl. However, the heroine eventually succeeds in overcoming numerous ominous situations to step forward into the future – now no longer as a child, but as a young woman… Jireš and Krumbachová’s fancy spectacle reflects the heavy erotic connotations stemming from Nezval’s original take on gothic novels (both the Weasel and the perverse priest are after Valerie’s virginity, and her relationship with brother Orlík is also not entirely free of sexual undertones). The screenwriter’s opulent fantasy, together with Jan Čuřík’s brilliant and colourful camerawork, create a strikingly beautiful, but unsettling world. Jaroslava Schallerová, 13 at the time, stars as Valerie. Featured in the cast is Robert Nezval, the illegitimate son of author Vítězslav Nezval, in the small role of a drummer. The son committed suicide shortly after the film was completed. >filmovyprehled.cz Show more

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Grave

Grave; Julia Ducournau, 2016, OV (fran.) + ST (cz) | filmotéka; Julia Ducournau, 2016, versions: OR

When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. Be2Can Show more

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