Jan Nemec: Rediscovered Treasures of the Czechoslovak New Wave
November 15 - December 6, 2013
AFS at the Marchesa
(6226 Middle Fiskville Road, near Highland Mall)
Born in Prague in 1936, Jan Nemec came of age during a pivotal time in Czechoslovak history. Along with directors such as Milos Forman and Jiri Menzel, Nemec was part of a group of students to emerge from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (or FAMU) straight into an occupied Czechoslovakia. In response, the Czechoslovak New Wave was born, an artistic movement which sought to highlight and critique the often brutal Communist regime that was then in place.
Now, with help from The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University Of Texas, the Austin Film Society is proud to present one of the first comprehensive looks at the films of Jan Nemec to tour the US. This Winter, we are honored to present Nemec's vision of the Holocaust in DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT, on a newly struck 35mm print from the National Film Archive in Prague, along with Nemec's film school short A LOAF OF BREAD, his bitingly satiric take down of Soviet Communism in A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS, the Czechoslovak New Wave anthology, PEARLS OF THE DEEP, featuring Nemec's THE IMPOSTOR, and his bizarre, surreal TOYEN about the Czechoslovak painter of the same name.
The retrospective of Jan Nemec films presented by the Austin Film Society is part of a North American tour, which premiered by BAMcinématek in New York. The retrospective is produced by Comeback Company, curated by Irena Kovarova, and organized in partnership with the National Film Archive, Prague, and Aerofilms.
Special thanks to Jeffrey Brown of UFO Pictures for coordination assistance.
||A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS
Friday, November 15, 8:30 PM
This witty, subversive satire attacking the socialist state is the first in our exciting retrospective of Czechoslovak filmmaker Jan Nemec, a key player in the Czechoslovak New Wave movement that included Jaromil Jires and Milos Forman. More info & tickets>>
Sunday, December 1, 7 PM
A mature work by the master of the Czechoslovak New Wave. This is a surrealistic portrait of his friend, herself a surrealist artist, Jindrich Styrsky. More info & tickets>>
||DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT and A LOAF OF BREAD
Monday, December 2, 8 PM
Wednesday, December 4, 7 PM
DIAMONDS follows an escape of two young concentration camp prisoners through the woods of Sudetenland and the ensuing hunt for them. Screened with A LOAF OF BREAD, Nemec’s school graduation film about starving prisoners plotting to steal a piece of bread from a parked train. More info & tickets>>
||PEARLS OF THE DEEP
Friday, December 6, 7:30 PM
The great omnibus anthology of the Czechoslovak New Wave features several short films including Jan Nemec's THE IMPOSTERS, about two elderly men sharing their illustrious life careers while spending time in hospital. More info & tickets>>