73 minutes, Czechoslovakia, 1966, Colour & Black and White, Digital

This film screened on Tuesday 11th August 2015. 

Eschewing regard for linear narrative or conventional structure, Daisies was one of the most radical and original films to emerge from the Czech New Wave and is widely recognised as a key feminist work. Focus rests predominantly on the antics of Marie I and Marie II who use their voracious consumption of food to undermine the status quo. Apart from unruly, lavish meals out paid for by lustful, older men, who they duly abandon and ignore, the girls snack on watermelon in their apartment, bathe in milk or venture out to wreak havoc, all wilful expressions of their contempt for a dull and patriarchal world

This screening is part of Anger is an Energy: Cinema of Protest, our season throughout August that features films – from a range of time periods and national cultures – that examine how some of cinema’s most creative and daring directors have tackled and responded to sociopolitical dissent.

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