Martyrs of Love
Independent of Reality: Jan Nemec Retrospective
(Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia, 1967, 71 min)
Co-presented with the Center for Czech Education and Culture
Saturday, Feb 22 at 07:00PM
This three-part ballad, which often uses music to stand in for dialogue, remains the most perfect embodiment of Nemec's vision of a film world independent of reality. Mounting a defense of timid, inhibited, clumsy, and unsuccessful individuals, the three protagonists are a complete antithesis of the industrious heroes of socialist aesthetics. Martyrs of Love cemented Nemec's reputation as the kind of unrestrained nonconformist the Communist establishment considered the most dangerous to their ideology.
Screens with Mother and Son (Moeder en zoon): This absurdist tale about a doting mother of a brutal torturer was shot without the permission of Czechoslovak authorities on a special commission from the Amsterdam Film Festival and later won the main award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122