FRUIT OF PARADISE
OVOCE STROMU RAJSKÝCH JÍME
1970, 99 min, Czechoslovakia/Belgium, Dir: Věra Chytilová

A Palme d'Or nominee at Cannes, this striking feature would be writer-director Chytilová’s last for several years in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Prefaced with an experimental sequence in which colorfully treated images of Eden wash over the screen, the film tells a tale of temptation in which Eva (Jitka Nováková) and her husband visit a health spa, where she becomes fascinated by the mysterious Robert (Jan Schmid) – who may actually be a killer.


DAISIES
SEDMIKRÁSKY
1966, Janus Films, 74 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

Maybe the Czechoslovak New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing - food, clothes, men, war - is taken seriously. DAISIES is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.


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