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.
The Noonday Witch
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.