The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street

Vlk z Královských Vinohrad

Jan Němec

“Take the good and leave out the bad”, Němec, off camera, instructs his lead actor who is eating a fish tail. Such is the method in this masterful coda to his life, a summary of the juicy parts he reconstructs and reimagines for his alter ego, a semi-fictional character John Jan. He brings him, guerrilla-style, to Cannes, which turned from a place of heightened anticipation to a scene of professional heartbreak he never got over. Staging Godard’s murder is just a small payback for it.
Eric Clapton’s music and footage from the director’s previous films blend in seamlessly with John Jan’s escapades, while his other alter ego, the film’s narrator, comments with a flare of mischief and irony. The moving footage of the tragedy of the Soviet invasion of Prague reprised in total silence and defence of Kafka as an author of social justice, are only a small taste of the riches that make this film so delectable. 

Screenings

  • Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • KINO 1
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Tue 31 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 6
    English subtitles
    Thu 2 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Jan Němec
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
68’
Language
Czech
Producer
Tomáš Michálek
Production Company
MasterFilm s.r.o.
Sales
MasterFilm s.r.o.
Writer
Jan Němec
Cinematography
Jiří Maxa
Editor
Josef Krajbich
Production Design
Aneta Grňáková
Sound Design
Dominik Dolejší
Cast
Jiří Mádl, Karel Roden, Martin Pechlát, Tomáš Klein, Gabriela Míčová, Jiří Menzel, Jiří Bartoška