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A woman looking distressed sitting in a wheat field holding a child.

Film

The Noonday Witch

Unclassified 15+
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

15 Sep

Hot from the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary, Jiří Sádek’s remarkable debut feature is an HBO Europe co-production, and concerns a mother of a young girl who is forever promising her daughter that her husband will soon join them in the remote country house they’ve relocated to.

CaSFFA's 2016 Opening Night includes a screening of The Noonday Witch and an afterparty in ACMI's Lightwell. Guests receive a drink upon arrival in the cinema at 6.30pm, the first drink at the party for free, nibbles, and live music from Bohemian Nights.

Opening Night Tickets: Full $40. Concession/CaSFFAN $35. ACMI Member $34.
  • Full of glorious, sun-kissed cinematography, The Noonday Witch draws on Karel Jaromír Erben’s famous folkloric ballad of the same name (in Czech, Polednice) to produce a cautionary fable of similar themes, atmospherics, and intensity to Jennifer Kent’s superb recent Australian film, The Babadook. For Essie Davis, substitute the flame-haired Aňa Geislerová; for the Babadook, the great Daniela Kolářová, and for Adelaide, the gorgeous Czech countryside.