A Case for a Young Hangman

Film, Fantasy

Time Out says

Made during the '68 crisis, this allegorical satire updates Swift (Gulliver's travels to Laputa and Balnibarbi) and Lewis Carroll, presenting an episodic account of the 35-year-old hero's nightmare journey to a world which he encounters on the other side of a road tunnel. No surprise to discover that it's very much like contemporary Czechoslovakia. Here is absurdity, transgression, jet-black comedy and the unexplained. Shot using graphic inserts, split images, slo-mo and fish-eye lenses, it recreates the mood of Kafka-esque paranoia that writer/director Jurácek had used more directly in his earlier Joseph Kilián. If its abundant allusions and cross-references are difficult to decipher for the uninitiated, the Czech censors had no such problems - they promptly banned it for 20 years.


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Pavel Jurácek
Pavel Jurácek
Lubomir Kostelka
Milena Zahrynovska
Klara Jernekova
Miroslav Machacek
Slavka Budínová
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