Each anthology film finds cinematic analogues for Hrabal’s iconoclastic adoption of vernacular language, celebrations of individual idiosyncrasy and affinity for the absurd, as shot by Jaroslav Kučera, the talismanic cinematographer of the New Wave.
Hrabal enjoys a cameo in each segment, while Menzel’s is his feature debut and the first of many collaborations with the author. 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
Pearls of the Deep
In one of the great anthology films, five leading lights of the burgeoning Czechoslovak New Wave each adapted a story from the recent, if long delayed, debut publication of Bohumil Hrabal, the most revered Czech writer of his generation.