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May 30, 2013 7:00 PM

The Sun in the Net

Consulate General of Slovakia in cooperation with the Czech Center in New York presents a film of the Golden 60s of the Czechoslovak cinema.

Directed by Štefan Uher
1962, 90 min., black and white, Slovak with English subtitles

More than any other film of the early 1960s, Štefan Uher’s The Sun in a Net opened the doors for the liberated films of the New Wave that extended from 1963 to 1969. Its story centers on a young teenager, nicknamed Fajolo (Marián Bielik), and his love for the fair haired Bela (Jana Beláková). When their relationship undergoes a temporary crisis, he joins a summer work brigade on a collective farm. Against this story of young love, viewers are introduced to the world of their parents. Fajolo’s mother is always absent (at work) while Bela’s mother is blind and an apparent burden on her husband. While Uher’s portrait of everyday life confronted a number of previously forbidden and“negative” themes, his main innovations are formal.
The film is dominated by the role of the sun, and a solar eclipse forms one of its essential elements. Fajolo is also an obsessive photographer and, like the film’s makers, focuses on the revealing image. The director's mosaic of impressionist effects, the cross-cutting of parallel themes, and use of ambiguous symbolism creates a film poetry that was unique for its time – in which word, image, and music contribute to the film’s portrait of individual subjective worlds.


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May 30, 2013 7:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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