Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 206: Thu Jul 25

Joseph Kilián (Jurácek/Schmidt, 1963) & The Sun in a Net (Uher, 1962):
Riverside Studios Cinema, 8pm

Time Out review of Joseph Kilian:
A bizarre, consciously Kafkaesque allegory in which a young man wanders the streets of Prague fruitlessly searching for a man called Joseph Kilián, of whom no one seems to have heard. Passing a state cat-shop, he impulsively hires a cat for the day, only to find, nightmarishly, that the shop is no longer there when he tries to return the cat as required. Wittily poking fun at the personality cult (a huge portrait of Stalin looms over a roomful of frayed agit-prop posters and Cold War slogans), Jurácek and Schmidt scarcely put a foot wrong in evoking the incomprehensible mazes - simultaneously absurd and terrifying - of totalitarian bureaucracy. 
Tom Milne


Riverside introduction to The Sun in a Net:
Štefan Uher's exquisite, groundbreaking feature is consistently ranked amongst the greatest films in the history of Slovak cinema and is cited as the film that kick-started the whole 'Czechoslovak New Wave' movement. Bringing to the screen a number of hitherto unacceptable social and political themes, the film is a complex interplay of sunlight and darkness, sound and silence, truth and lies.

'It has the vivacity and love of life that we found in the early films of Truffaut, for example. The only mystery is why has it been unknown outside Czechoslovakia for almost half a century?'
- Senses of Cinema

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