Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

A film by Jaromil Jires
Starring Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva

In a constantly surprising mixture of gentle eroticism and gothic nightmare, shot through with cobwebs and lace, thirteen-year-old Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova) innocently turns the denizens of a turn-of-the-century village into the fairies and demons of childhood – a childhood that is at once distinctly female and ageless.

The dark fruits of repression are both mocked and oddly savored in the film’s bizarre imagery: Grandmother-vampire cavorts with a lascivious priest; a procession of nuns crosses a field of wheat into unimagined realms of sensuality; a father is a weasel, a lover is a brother; a mother’s sparkling earrings hold the key to all that is magical in sexuality.

CATHODE LOVE presents a 35mm print from the Czech National Archive.

 

Technical Information

Production Year
1970
Country of Production
Czechoslovakia (former)
Language
Czech
Running Time
73 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Friday, Nov 15, 2013
midnight

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