Film Series : Czech That Film 2018

8 Heads Of Madness

8 hlav šílenství

2017, Marta Nováková, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 107 min. With Aneta Langerová, Viktorie Cermáková.

Show Times

  • 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)

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