PANELSTORY
PANELSTORY ANEB JAK SE RODÍ SÍDLISTE
1980, 96 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

One of the unsung masterpieces of Vera Chytilová’s still largely obscure post-’60s career, this stingingly satiric yet deeply human tragicomedy surveys the everyday absurdity of existence in a ramshackle, perpetually-under-construction prefab housing complex: a monument to Communist idealism that, in its forlorn shoddiness, becomes a symbol of its failings. Blending slapstick gags with a jagged vérité visual style, Chytilová fashions a devastatingly funny portrait of life in a (literally) crumbling society. - Brooklyn Academy of Music


WOLF’S HOLE
VLCI BOUDA
1987, 92 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

In writer-director Věra Chytilová’s subversive spin on 1980s sci-fi/horror, a group of teenagers are invited to a skiing workshop at an isolated lodge, where their camp counselors seem bent on pitting them against one another. Political overtones of the Czech normalization period are certainly present, though genre fans will likely be too spellbound by the mounting psychological terror to notice. Aided by inventive camera work and a standout performance from Radka Slavíková as teen Emilka, WOLF’S HOLE is sure to get under your skin.


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