Tag Archives: Czech

Aurel Klimt – Fimfárum 2 (2006)

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Another beguiling portmanteau of animated shorts from the work of late Czech storyteller Jan Werich via the hands of returning helmers Aurel Klimt and Vlasta Pospisilova, “Fimfarum 2” will join its 2003 predecessor “Jan Werich’s Fimfarum”– a nonsense phrase– as de rigeur programming for toonfests, mature kiddie confabs and appropriate ancillary. Read More »

Mira Fornay – Cook Fuck Kill (2019)

Jaroslav K. seems to be a good son, father, and a decent husband. In reality, he is pathologically jealous of his beautiful wife Blanka, and his biggest nightmare is that she and their three kids might leave him one day. Jaroslav K. and his family do not shy away from violence and cheating, which eventually results in a tragedy. This drama about one strange family, scheming, and Jaroslav’s efforts to have his way utilizes computer games aesthetics. Read More »

Agnieszka Holland – Charlatan (2020)

The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties. Read More »

Vladimír Morávek – Nuda v Brne AKA Bored in Brno AKA Boredom in Brno (2003)

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A biting comedy concerning the lives of two young people who meet one day in a house in Brno in order to put their ideals of love into practice. A story about a couple not yet prepared for sexual life and a renowned actor no longer in his sexual prime. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Otesánek AKA Little Otik (2000)

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife’s pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) AKA Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)

Eugene, an aging man, leads a double life: one real – the waking life he spends in the company of his wife of many years, Milana – and the other in his dreams, his sleeping hours being devoted to a recurring evolving dream of a beautiful young woman, Evgenia. Seeking to perpetuate his dream life, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who attempts to provide an ongoing interpretation of his experiences. On the wall there are portraits of Freud and Jung, which become animated, alternately applauding, disapproving or fighting over her interpretations. The latest film from practising surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer is a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live action segments, combining real actors with their animated photographs, against black and white backdrops of photographed Czech buildings. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Sílení AKA Lunacy (2005)

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A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may’ve predicted.

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The classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade are filtered through the creative mind of noted surrealist Jan Svankmajer in a philosophical horror film that probes the darkest depths of the human mind. Read More »