第五部份：捷克專題 | Part Five: Czech Republic Goes Public
一個都嚟唔到 The Opening and The Guest, Pencil on paper, 18.5 x 34cm, 2012
翻生花 Double Life of Veroniky, Pencil on paper, 20.5 x 35cm, 2011
極悲同盟 Conspirators of Displeasure, Pencil on paper, 19 x 34.5cm, 2012
The Opening and the Guests
Director: Jan Bu Niuer / Czech Republic / 1958 / 79min
Cast: Jiri Jakubisko, Karel Menzel, Jaromil Sverák
A group of passionate artists live in studios near each other, but it is extremely difficult to bring them all together. The opening of the hottest art exhibition in town induces them to meet. The hall in which the exhibition is held has different entrances that the artists try to use; however, when arriving at an entrance there is a mysterious power stopping entry. Great art and friends are inside the hall, but they just cannot enter. Using their powers of determination, they try every means to enter. The film’s ending is a surprise. Voted by the Hungarian movie magazine, Filmmag, as one of the top ten movies of the 1950s.
Double Life of Veroniky
Director: Oldrich Libsticky / Czech Republic / 1969 / 90min
Cast: Jan-Luc Gustav, Vera Karina
Rare, once-in-a-lifetime relationships, always fail because of the most trivial issues. Two people who have known each other since childhood had never been apart, but after growing up, they follow their own lives and time wounds their friendship. Later, they try to rebuild different phases of their relationship and turn the past into multiple-choice questions. There is, however, no such thing as a parallel world and movies are the only magic that allows us to restart again. The director uses different film formats, including collage, rewinding, black-and-white and colour to build a glamorous world. Pop art, surrealism - you name it, he does it. Everything is possible.
Conspirators of Displeasure
Director: Frantnwl Husák / Czech Republic / 1975 / 102min
Cast: Milos Fireman, Ivan Passenger, Josef Papousek
It is almost impossible to find the first film of Husak’s Fish-man series. However, our film festival management flew to Prague and has persuaded the city’s film archive to lend their only version. The Fish-man series, the longest Czech animation series ever made, is about a Fish-man’s family life. Using Fish-man as a metaphor, Husak reflects his thoughts about society and is seen to be an attack on its institutions. This movie, Husak’s first in the series, established him as a legendary animator who has influenced both Western and Japanese animation. Skilled in raising his movies to another level, he also raises our hearts.