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A Jester's Tale
(Bláznova kronika)
A film by Karel Zeman
Czechoslovakia, 1964

 

The visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman has been a profound influence on generations of filmmakers from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema.
A Jester's Tale is one of his most renowned and celebrated achievments. Described by Zeman as a "pseudo-historical" film, it is a bold anti-war black comedy following the adventures of a plooughboy and a mercenary, press-ganged into service on the battlefields of the Thirty Years' War of 1618 - 1648.

Co-scripted by Pavel Juráček (Ikarie XB1, Daisies, Josef Kilián), Karel Zeman's brilliant comic film with its melding of live-action and animation, extraordinary matte work along with Escher-inspired impossible constructions, anticipates Gilliam's Monty Python animations (not to mention Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Gilliam's own Jabberwocky and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen). It also emerges as a sharp satire of war, human nature and of our very understanding of history itself.


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"Zeman's films are unique glimpses into forgotten worlds of myth, invention and exploration. One almost needs a telescope to view them" Peter Strickland

Release date: 2014

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Kinetta

A film by Yorgos Lanthimos
Greece, 2005

 

The debut feature by Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of DOGTOOTH and ALPS.


Kinetta. A deserted Greek resort town, inhabited during the off-season by migrant workers.

In this drab off-season resort town, Lanthimos studies the cryptic activities of an inscrutable trio (a policeman, a photographer, and a hotel maid) who barely speak and who pass the time by staging reenactments of murders.

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"Imagine a minimalist anti-CSI with almost no dialogue, an elliptical narrative and the most vertiginous, twitchy handheld camerawork since the Dardenne Brothers' Rosetta and you're in the right ballpark... Lanthimos is a talent to watch" Film Comment

Release date: 2014

 


 

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The Girl from Hunan

(Xiangnu xiaoxiao)
A film by Xie Fei
China, 1986

 

The heartbreaking tale of a young girl sold into an arranged marriage with a 2 year old boy who she must raise as his nanny until he is old enough to marry her. She is expected to honour tradition and to toe the line so far as social proprieties are concerned, but the young girl rebels against the edicts of her elders until at 16, she falls in love with another man...

Though set in turn-of-the-century China, The Girl from Hunan deliberately parallel the state of affairs in the China of the late 1980s.

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"Vividly recreates an era long gone, yet somehow still very close"
Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Release date: TBC

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