Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Czech Film Series: Selections from "Labyrinth of Darkness/Labyrint tmy" by Jiří Barta

Thu, March 6, 2014 | BUR 231

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Czech Film Series: Selections from

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce the fourth screening of the renowned Czech Film Series. All films will be shown every Thursday at 6:30pm in BUR 231.

This week's screening will show selections from the short film collection Labyrinth of Darkness/Labyrint tmy by Jiří Barta, including the renowned stop-motion film The Pied Piper of Hamelin/Krysař (1986). The Pied Piper of Hamelin/Krysař is a dark interpretation of the folktale "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" set in a corrupt society and inspired by German Expressionism and medieval art. The film won the Golden Mikeldi award at the Bilbao International Film Festival in 1986, and was nominated for the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1986 and for the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto in 1987.

Films are free and open to the public.*

Films are in Czech with English subtitles.

Other films in this series:

March 20       Selected short films of Jan Svankmajer, including The Coffin Factory/Rakvičkárna (1968), Dimensions of Dialogue/Možnosti dialogu (1982), Darkness Light Darkness/Tma Světlo Tma (1990), and Food/Jídlo(1992).

March 27       Conspirators of Pleasure/Spiklenci slasti (1996) – A full-length feature by Jan Svankmajer.

April 3           Rex-patriates (2004) by Nancy Bishop – The series’ only live-action film—a mockumentary of expatriate life in Prague—it still features a touch of things puppet. The film will be introduced by one of its producers, Jeffrey Brown, and followed by a Q&A.

April 10         One Night in One City/Jedné noci v jednom městě (2007) – An adult black comedy puppet film by award-winning contemporary puppeteer Jan Balej.

April 17         Toys In The Attic (2009) – A stop-motion animated family feature film by Czech director Jiří Barta. The English dub version was directed by Vivian Schilling and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. The film was a Czech, Slovak, and Japanese co-production.

 *While some of the films in the series are suitable for viewers of all ages, many of the films include substantial adult content. (Puppets have sex too!) Please check film ratings online or email for a recommendation for children.

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