Romeo, Juliet and Darkness (Romeo, Julie a tma)

Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
Program section: Czechoslovak Noir
Directed by: Jiří Weiss
Year: 1959
Country: Československo
Length: 92 min.
Cast: Ivan Mistrík, Dana Smutná, Jiřina Šejbalová, František Smolík

Screening:

  • 20. 8. 2021 | 13:30 - innogy Hall

In the past years we have presented films from the Protectorate (And the Fifth Rider Is Fear /1964/) and the fascist Slovak Republic (St. Elizabeth Square /1965/). This year we are following them up with the film Romeo, Juliet and Darkness by Jiří Weiss, an adaptation of the novella of the same name by Jan Otčenášek published in 1958. During the Heydrich Terror, the student Pavel hides a Jewish girl, Hanka, who has failed to show up for transport to Terezín, in the attic of a tenement house. An emotional bond deepens between the two, but it is only a matter of time before the girl’s presence is revealed in the fear-filled aftermath of Heydrich’s assassination. The film, which relies on a suggestive atmosphere as well as the performances of debutant Dana Smutná and the much more experienced Ivan Mistrík, was successfully screened at international festivals in San Sebastian, San Francisco and many others.

Veronika Zýková

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