Later this month, Central Library plays host to Věra Chytilova’s wild, irreverent masterpiece, Daisies. Organised by Paradigm Screenings in collaboration with Kino Film and One Two One Cinema, this screening of the seminal 1966 Czech New Wave film is an absolute must for Manchester’s cinephiles and adventurous filmgoers.
Dedicated to “those who get upset only over a stomped-upon bed of lettuce.”, Chytilová’s surreal film sees two young women, both named Marie, revolt against an oppressive and decadent society by attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. It’s a bedazzling work, which simultaneously stands as a totem to the individual whilst also pushing the boundaries of the medium with its use of colour and anarchic, collage editing. Important, politically engaged filmmaking is rarely this fun.
Screening as part of the #DirectedbyWomen strand of Scalarama, Daisies will be accompanied by a short film programme which includes Leg, Arm, Head from emerging local filmmaker, Scout Stuart.