Structurally reminiscent of Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, this existential, nonlinear, taboo-busting work is based on Ladislav Mňačko’s bestseller, which drew on his experiences in the Slovak partisan resistance movement during WWII and sugarcoated none of it.
Rudolf Milič’s adroit handheld camerawork and Zdeněk Liška’s plangent score lend an atmosphere of dread and urgency to a film of rare sophistication and power. DCP courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.
Co-presented with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Death Is Called Engelchen
Paralysed, lying prostrate in a hospital bed, a despondent young man (Jan Kačer) is haunted by flashbacks of his time as an idealistic guerrilla fighter battling occupying Nazi forces in Moravia.