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VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

1970 / 76min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JAROMIL JIREš

CAST: JAROSLAVA SCHALLEROVá, HELENA ANýZOVá, PETR KOPRIVA

A period piece with absolutely none of the corseted costume drama stiffness that the term implies, Jireš’s beguiling Czech New Wave wig-out begins with its adolescent protagonist having her period for the first time, then proceeds into an enigmatically-plotted reverie peopled by vampires, priests, and other staples of Gothic horror. An eclectic, justly-praised score by Luboš Fišer completes the immersive hallucinatory atmosphere: that of a strange and troubling dream that isn’t easily left behind.

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see. Click here for more info.