Diamonds of the Night: Jan Nemec

4/6/14 to 4/23/14

Join us for this long-overdue survey dedicated to Jan Nemec, a true iconoclast. We present early films that helped define the Czech New Wave, including a new print of his debut feature, Diamonds of the Night from 1964, as well as recent work made after his return to the Czech Republic in the 1990s.

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  • Ferrari Dino Girl

    • Wednesday, April 23 7pm

    Jan Nemec (Czech Republic, 2009). Nemec returns to the Prague Spring and his own Oratorio for Prague with this oblique look at memory, love, and politics. Followed by a free screening of the recent Czech TV documentary on Nemec and the Czechoslovak New Wave, Golden Sixties: Jan Nemec. (136 mins)

  • Martyrs of Love

    • Friday, April 18 7pm

    Jan Nemec (Czechoslovakia, 1967). Archival Print! Three interwoven tales of the lovelorn are brought to life in Nemec's romantic work, inspired by the visions of the Czech Surrealist Group and the streets of Prague themselves. Photography by Miroslav Ondrícek, Milos Forman's regular cameraman. (71 mins)

  • Toyen

    • Wednesday, April 16 7pm

    Jan Nemec (Czech Republic, 2005). A love letter from one outsider to another, Toyen is a fittingly fragmented, dream-like tribute to the painter Toyen, a key figure in the Czech Surrealist movement who lived under Nazi occupation in Prague. (73 mins)

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    • Sunday, April 13 2pm

    Philip Kaufman (U.S., 1988). BAM/PFA Collection Print! Adapted from Milan Kundera's novel, this grand romance begins during the Prague Spring of 1968 and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a philandering surgeon. With Jan Nemec's Oratorio for Prague, which chronicles events following the Prague Spring. (200 mins)

  • A Report on the Party and Guests

    • Friday, April 11 7pm

    Jan Nemec (Czechoslovakia, 1966). Archival Print! Sinister thugs blithely interrupt Sunday countryside revelers and start taking names, in Nemec's notorious parable on conformity and rule, banned “forever” by an incensed Czechoslovak government. With short, Mother and Son. (80 mins).

  • Pearls of the Deep

    • Friday, April 11 8:40pm

    Jan Nemec, Vera Chytilova, Jaromil Jires, Jiri Menzel, Evald Schorm (Czechoslovakia, 1966). Archival Print! Representing a who's-who of the Czech New Wave, this omnibus adapts the stories of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, whose work embraced the nation's many outsiders, dreamers, and drunks. (107 mins)

  • Late Night Talks with Mother

    • Wednesday, April 9 7pm

    Jan Nemec (Czech Republic, 2001). This experimental-video counterpart to Kafka's Letter to Father finds Nemec turning a fish-eye lens on himself and Prague to create an experimental personal essay film. Followed by free screening of Nemec's1975 feature, Metamorphosis, a rare, made-for-German-television adaptation of the Kafka tale. (120 mins)

  • Diamonds of the Night

    • Sunday, April 6 5:30pm

    Jan Nemec (Czechoslovakia, 1964). New Print! Pure cinema at its leanest, Diamonds has only a few lines of dialogue and no real “plot” as it follows two boys escaping a Nazi concentration camp train. A brilliantly stylized, expressionist nightmare in film form. With short, A Loaf of Bread. (75 mins)