Screens with A Christmas Dream (Karel Zeman, Bořivoj Zeman, Hermína Týrlová, 11 mins, Czechoslovakia 1945), a delightful and surprising Yuletide toy story.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Journey to the Beginning of Time (Cesta do praveku)
Four boys sail upstream along the river of time, encountering all manner of extinct wildlife in tableaux inspired by the glorious paleo art of Zdeněk Burian. Anticipating Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park by nearly 40 years, Karel Zeman’s first feature to synthesise live action with animation is equal parts delightful boys’ own adventure and gently didactic educational film a la Walking with Dinosaurs.
Co-presented with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, in partnership with the Karel Zeman Museum, Prague.