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8 Oct 2016 - 10 Oct 2016

The Noonday Witch (Polednice) at the 60th BFI London Film Festival

Taking inspiration from an old Czech folk tale, The Noonday Witch tells the story of Eliska, a single mother who relocates to the rural village where her late husband grew up. Cautiously evading sexual advances from the town’s menfolk, Eliska keeps the fact of her husband’s death a secret from her young daughter. But when the truth finally emerges, so does a mysterious spectral figure who appears to be slowly closing in on the pair. There is a teasing hint of Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook to this modern day fable of motherhood and the metaphysical, but while that film was all ominous shadows and funereal darkness, Jiří Sádek’s bewitching debut is a rare example of the sun-drenched supernatural, with most of the film basked in the blinding glow of natural daylight. Not since Philip Ridley’s The Reflecting Skin have the sunlit expanses of golden cornfields been so infused with a palpable, inexplicable dread. (Michael Blyth)

Saturday 08 October 2016, 18:30
ICA Cinema, Screen 1

Monday 10 October 2016, 21:00
Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1

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Dir Jiří Sádek
Prod Matěj Chlupáček
Scr Michal Samir
With Anna Geislerová, Karolína Lipowská, Daniela Kolářová
Czech Republic 2016
Prod Co Barletta

Part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival

The film will also be screened as a part of our Made in Prague Film Festival in November.


ICA Cinema & Curzon Soho Cinema, London


From: 8 Oct 2016
To: 10 Oct 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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