Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, dir. Jaromil Jireš, Czechoslovakia 1970, 77 min., Czech with English subtitles
This screening is introduced by English journalist, film critic and broadcaster Kim Newman.
Set within the imagination of a teenage girl on the threshold of adulthood, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a classic of the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Caught between waking and dreaming, Valerie’s enchanted realm is inhabited by vampires, witchcraft, and phantasmagorical creatures evoked in a kaleidoscope of intoxicating imagery. Haunting and poetic, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is recognised as one of the most influential fantasies ever made.
Kim Newman is a movie critic, author and broadcaster. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines. His books about film include Nightmare Movies and Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon. He is the lead writer on BBC4’s Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema.