IFFR will present the most extensive retrospective of the work of Jan Němec ever assembled. Alongside familiar classics, the programme will also present seldom-seen works from the fifteen-year period of Němec’s exile. Consisting of fiction films, documentaries, shorts and television films, this programme reflects the huge diversity of the Czech filmmaker’s oeuvre. Heart Beat 3D (2010), an experimental work that has hardly ever been shown, will have its international première in Rotterdam, as will Němec’s last film The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street (2016).
Films in ‘Jan Němec’
ToyenJan Němec IFFR 2017 63′
In an avant-garde manner, mixing different images and visual textures, Němec pays homage to the great Czech surrealist Marie Čermínová, who worked under the name Toyen. The result is an enigmatic symphony based on imagination and associations. Or, as Němec called it, "a pure film".
Late Night Talks with MotherJan Němec IFFR 2017 69′
Němec took inspiration from Kafka’s Letter to His Father to create a highly stylized self-portrait in the form of a dialogue with his long-deceased mother. A rumination on his own life and testimony on human experience, the film is also a brief history of the 20th century. A jewel.
True Stories: Peace in Our Time?Otto Olejár, Jan Němec IFFR 2017 99′
In one of his most straightforward documentaries, Němec tackles his nation’s trauma: the signing of the Munich Treaty, which lead to the disarming and occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Considering Lord Chamberlain the culprit, the mischievous director uses comedy sketches with John Cleese to lighten the mood.
The Wolf from Royal Vineyard StreetJan Němec IFFR 2017 68′
For the final film of his career, Němec adapted his recent book of quasi-autobiographical stories; based on his life, but not without mystification and mischief, hallmarks of his entire oeuvre. From Cannes to Yale University and partially shot guerilla-style, the then 80-year-old director demonstrates that being a punk has nothing to do with age.