The Noonday Witch
2016, Jiří Sádek, Czech Republic, 90 min. With Anna Geislerová, Karolína Lipowská.
- Fri, Jul 21st 8:15pm
- Wed, Jul 26th 7:45pm
“Ripe with sensory pleasure…a blazing patchwork of sun-bronzed beauty.” — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
A sinister Czech folk tale outlined in a 19th-century ballad by Karel Jaromir Erben and interpreted in a symphonic poem by Antonín Dvorák is the basis for this contemporary psychological thriller, atypically set amid sun-drenched fields of ripe wheat. In the hands of first-time director Sádek, a story once meant to frighten naughty children is transformed as a grippingly creepy exploration of grief and the mother-daughter dynamic. Single mother Eliška conceals the truth about her missing husband from her young daughter Anetka when the two start a new life outside a thinly populated rural hamlet. The ravings and prophecies of a local madwoman cast an ominous shadow, but the true source of the threat begs the question whose nightmare this is. In Czech with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)