Daisies

Daisies

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Director:Věra Chytilová
Cast:Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová
Premiere:2. June 2022
Length:74 minutes
Genre:Comedy

Director: Věra Chytilová  •  Cast: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová

One of the highlights of Věra Chytilová's filmography is her grotesque moral Daisies (1966), a surrealistic narrative about a pair of young women who decide to be just as corrupt as the outside world, which does not arise from concrete socio-political realities. As a result, the biting account of conformity, petty bourgeois narrow-mindedness and the limits of light-heartedness has timeless qualities. Rebellion is the only means of self-assertion in a man's world for the pair of Marias, played by non-actors Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová. But at the same time, through their subversive actions, they do not create any real values; they only live superficial lives, establish ephemeral relationships and hide behind poses. Daisies marked the beginning of Chytilová's collaboration with Ester Krumbachová, who contributed to the eccentric costumes and script. The collage-like visual component then gave a lot of room for experimentation to the cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera. The playful parable proved its provocative power in May 1967, when it became the subject of an interpellation by the outraged MP Jaroslav Pružinec.

The digital restoration of the film was financed by a donation from Mrs. Milada Kučerová and Mr. Eduard Kučera.

Length: 74 min

Year: 1966
Local premiere date: 2. June 2022
World premiere date: 2. June 2022

Country of origin:

  • Czech Republic

Director: Věra Chytilová  •  Cast: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová

One of the highlights of Věra Chytilová's filmography is her grotesque moral Daisies (1966), a surrealistic narrative about a pair of young women who decide to be just as corrupt as the outside world, which does not arise from concrete socio-political realities. As a result, the biting account of conformity, petty bourgeois narrow-mindedness and the limits of light-heartedness has timeless qualities. Rebellion is the only means of self-assertion in a man's world for the pair of Marias, played by non-actors Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová. But at the same time, through their subversive actions, they do not create any real values; they only live superficial lives, establish ephemeral relationships and hide behind poses. Daisies marked the beginning of Chytilová's collaboration with Ester Krumbachová, who contributed to the eccentric costumes and script. The collage-like visual component then gave a lot of room for experimentation to the cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera. The playful parable proved its provocative power in May 1967, when it became the subject of an interpellation by the outraged MP Jaroslav Pružinec.

The digital restoration of the film was financed by a donation from Mrs. Milada Kučerová and Mr. Eduard Kučera.

Year: 1966
Local premiere date: 2. June 2022
World premiere date: 2. June 2022

Country of origin:

  • Czech Republic
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