The Barnabas Kos Case (Prípad Barnabáš Kos)

  • Dir: Peter Solan

  • Czechoslovakia, 1964, Slovak, 92min, DCP, English subtitle

  • Cast: Josef Kemr, Jarmila Kostova, Milivoj Uzelac

Caught in a web of censorship created in the 1960s Czechoslovak Communist state – which molded his experiences of delayed production and filmic content – Solan treated filmmaking as a study of cases, satirical testimonies balanced between absurdity and despair. Hence, the apparently simple tale of the rise of a man who plays the triangle in the orchestra reveals the structures and contradictions of an entire regime, just like the hulking unfinished structure that haunts the orchestra’s practices.

12.4 (FRI): Introduction by Gabriel M. Paletz (in English)

Screening:

Note

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