8 Heads Of Madness
8 hlav šílenství
2017, Marta Nováková, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 107 min. With Aneta Langerová, Viktorie Cermáková.
- Fri, Jul 13th 8:00pm
- Sat, Jul 14th 5:00pm
"Unexpectedly offbeat…there's a little Terry Gilliam irreverence here too." - Jason Pirodsky, Prague Reporter
This adventurous biopic of Russian poet Anna Alexandrovna Barkova (1901-1976) divides her story into eight highly stylized chapters with sequences that include hand-drawn backgrounds, animation, and features Czech pop star Langerová as Anna. While the facts of this dissident poet's life include twenty brutal years in a Siberian gulag, director Nováková aims through flights of fancy and visual experimentation to evoke Barkova's ever-rebellious spirit. An obstinate and troubled childhood leads to a life of the mind, Bolshevik literary fame, resistance activities, and sentencing to the gulag. Whimsical sequences include imprisoned Barkova receiving a wellness-check phone call from Stalin, and a finale that suggests a posthumous last laugh. In Czech with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)