Second Run DVD to release Juraj Jakubisko’s BIRDS, ORPHANS AND FOOLS (Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni) on 23 June, 2014

Birds, Orphans and Fools

(Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni)

A Film By Juraj Jakubisko

Czechoslovakia, 1969

Release Date: 23 June 2014 

Ranked among the five best Slovak films by Slovak and Czech film critics, Jakubisko’s long-repressed tale of love, death and insanity focuses on the relationship that develops between two men and a Jewish orphan girl (Magda Vášáryová – Marketa Lazarová) as they travail a war-torn landscape of bombed-out churches and wrecked homes.

Their triangular relationship echoes Truffaut’s Jules et Jim – but Jakubisko’s protagonists have no romantic ideals; they are all orphans, products of an absurd world in which war, violence and death predominate.

Shot immediately after the Soviet invasion of 1968, and with references to key episodes in Slovak and contemporary history, the film recalls the works of Buñuel and the anarchic air of Chytilová’s Daisies. Jakubisko’s exhilarating, absurdist, experimental film is in turn playful, surreal and increasingly nightmarish.

Regarded by authorities as ‘decadent and harmful art’, the film was banned until the very end of the Communist regime in 1989. It remains, both politically and formally, one of the most radical films of the Czechoslovak New Wave.


Release Date: 23 June, 2014

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