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INTIMATE LIGHTING: A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS

Director: Jan Němec

71 mins, 1966, Czechosolovakia, Black and White, 35mm, Subtitled


This film screened on Saturday 22nd April 2017. 

Screening as part of the Czech New Wave season, April 8th to 30th. A multi-event pass is available in person or by phone at the IFI Box Office – 5 events for €45

A group of picnickers’ blissful summer’s afternoon is rudely interrupted by the unexpected appearance of a strange authority figure and his henchmen, who coerce the group into joining his bizarre outdoor birthday party, with its sinister rules and arcane formalities. With a surrealist streak redolent of Luis Buñuel, Němec’s second feature is a brilliantly conceived and executed allegory of the corruption of absolute power; it was shelved for two years until the relaxation of censorship during the Prague Spring, after which the Soviets formally banned it forever and it didn’t resurface until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

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