VÉRA CHYTILOVÁ | CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1963, 81m | 3PM, SUNDAY 22 JULY
Chytilová created something with a poise that defies us not to be seduced by it
– Tom Birchenough, The Arts Desk
Concordant with the burgeoning of second-wave feminism, Véra Chytilová’s debut feature intertwines an ostensible documentary on champion gymnast Eva Bosáková with veristic but dramatised scenes from the life of a frustrated housewife. Both are strikingly shot by Jan Čuřík; the jazzy soundtrack is courtesy of the Semafor theatre’s Jiří Šlitr.
Preceded by Ceiling (Chytilová 1961, 41m)
Courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague
Czech with English subtitles
Co-presented with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival and the Australian Cinémathèque.
This is a free screening taking place at the Australian Cinémathèque, GoMA, as part of the retrospective Original Sins: Resistance and Feminism in the Avant-Garde Cinema of Véra Chytilová.