City Gallery

Past exhibition

Věra Chytilová: Daisies

30 November 2019–31 July 2020

Daisies (1966) is an experimental feminist feature film by Czech new-wave director Vera Chytilová. It follows the anarchic exploits of two doll-like young women, both called Marie, as they play pranks on gullible older men, conspicuously consume, and speculate on their existence. Their hedonism and irresponsibility was a rebuff to the bleakness of life in communist Czechoslovakia, and the film was banned for the wanton waste of its food fights and milk baths. (The Prague Spring was still two years away.) Daisies is remarkable for its visual inventiveness and disorienting special effects—the filmmaker was out to break as many rules as her heroines. Now over fifty years old, it is a time capsule, from which to consider feminism here and now.

76min | M | Screens at 1.00pm

Cancelled Screenings:
Thur 16 July, 1pm
Fri 17 July, 1pm
Sun 19 July, 1pm
Sat 25 July, 1pm
Sun 26 July, 1pm