Vera Chytilová • 79 minutes • Czech Republic

Daisies (1966)
Vera Chytilová
79 min., Czech Republic

Saturday 21-07
Drijvend Paviljoen



“Girls gone bad in Czech New Wave utopia”

Two young anarchic women, Marie (Ivana Karbanová) and Marie (Jitka Cerhova), embark on a surreal satirical mission of mischief and pranks. The world has no values, so why should they? Rebelling against the society they have free dinners with old men and tell little lies before dumping them on trains. They get drunk and kicked out of cafés or pass time chilling in their apartments, eating more and philosophizing about life. In Daisies, women no longer passively do what moral etiquettes tell them to do, but instead move freely and say whatever they want.

A mixture of various film techniques is being used in the avant-garde utopia of Vera Chytilová. From stop-motion to slow motion, from psychedelic color grading to filters in all the shades of the rainbow. Its high-class art direction and charming funny protagonists must have inspired the fashion world until today.

Vera Chytilová is the poster girl of the Czech New Wave, a movement that made “the Czech people collectively aware that they were participants in a system of oppression and incompetence, which had brutalized them all”. She was also intelligent, philosophical, beautiful and super funny and therefore we believe she should be a poster girl of life to all of us.