Prefab Story

Prefab Story


Chytilová’s unwavering moral stance and penetrating analysis of creation and destruction, as evident in Panelstory, would undoubtedly stand out in the film production of any country.
Andrew James Horton, Kinoeye

This scathing and often very funny rubbishing of life under the Czech regime of Normalisation (1969–1987) has had scant exposure abroad; the local authorities did their utmost to suppress it domestically for many years, too. Working once more with Jaromír Šofr, her cameraman from Ceiling and A Bagful of Fleas, Véra Chytilová presents a frantic, wide-angled, noisy mosaic of life at a monstrous, underdone, debris-ridden high-rise housing estate on Prague’s outskirts, cocking a vicious snook at its Potemkin village pretensions to community-building.

Courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague
Czech with English subtitles
Unrated 15+

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.


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