Falling Leaves Season
Jaromil Jireš, 1970, Czechoslovakia, 1 hour 17m, Cert 15
Thu 6 October // 19:30 / Cinema
Tickets: PAY AS YOU CAN PRICES - £7/£5/£3
“Valerie and Her Week of Wonders has transcended film, its country of origin, and everything that tethers it to a specific time and place. It is a cultural touchstone that will continue to find relevance.."
Greg Weeks, Espers.
With its stunning visuals and transcendent score by the great Luboš Fišer, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a potent mix of fairy tale, horror and surrealism, drawing the audience into the fantastical world inhabited by a young girl on the threshold of adulthood.
Caught between waking and dreaming, Valerie’s enchanted realm is inhabited by vampires and phantasmagorical creatures evoked in a marvellous kaleidoscope of intoxicating imagery.
“A collection of dream adventures, spurred by guiltless and poly-sexual eroticism. Virtually every shot is a knockout.” Jonathan Rosenbaum
“It's best to strap yourself in and allow a dizzying melange of visual and sonic flights of fancy to just wash over you and consider the result after the fact. It's powered by pure sensory overload."
“Its overall effect is stunning.” Time Out
“Surreal and, at times, achingly beautiful, ” All Movie Guide
“Once seen, Valerie is difficult to forget.” Kinoeye
“A work of both visceral immediacy and lingering allure, a uniquely influential film, one of intoxicating sensation and unconscious immersion — and one, for that matter, often recognised and referenced more than actually seen. [...] his surrealist fantasy from 1970 represents both the spiritual culmination of the Czech new wave and a brave bid for a newly liberated filmic sensibility.” Slant magazine