An engineer is astonished when Jessie (Czech sex symbol Olga Schoberová), the voluptuous heroine of a comic strip he’d been dreaming about, materialises next to him in bed one morning, a side-effect of his scientist wife drugging him with a serum she’d been testing on cattle. Moreover, Jessie’s not the only one to have escaped her fictitious cartoon frame confines; two supervillains (a cowboy and Superman!) are in pursuit, filling the screen with speech bubbles and running amok across a satirically bureaucratic 1960s Prague. Suffice it to say that hilarity ensues!
Who Wants to Kill Jessie? will be followed by a lively, hour-long panel discussion on the intersections between film and comic books, featuring Academy Award and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-winning artist, author and filmmaker Shaun Tan, and celebrated maker, editor, publisher, teacher and performer of comic books, Bernard Caleo. The panel will be moderated by CaSFFA Artistic Director Cerise Howard.
Who Wants to Kill Jessie? + Comics Panel
Comic books and cinema, and reality and dreams, all collide as never before in this extraordinarily inventive, zany, CinemaScope sci-fi comedy from director Václav Vorlíček, featuring the distinctive comic artwork of Kája Saudek.