A free-form and darkly surreal adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Pavel Juráček's film also channels Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka to create one of Czecholsovak cinema's most unique and deeply disturbing works.
A man becomes lost on a country road and finds himself in an alternative, nightmare world that mirrors (then) modern-day Czechoslovakia. Needless to say the film was not warmly received by the authorities, and like his earlier surrealist masterwork Josef Kilián (1963), was promptly 'banned forever'.
Juráček, who had earlier co-written Věra Chytilová's Daisies, Jindřich Polák's pioneering Ikarie XB 1 and Karel Zeman's A Jester's Tale, never made another film - but his legacy is one of the most profound, invigorating and important in all Czech cinema.
Our edition also contains a new 4K restoration presentation of Pavel Jurácek and Jan Schmidt’s Josef Kilián.
"Here is absurdity, transgression, jet-black comedy and the unexplained"
- Time Out
"A formally audacious political fantasia that transforms the third book of Gulliver's Travels into an allegory on coercion and tyranny... It stands with Vera Chytilova's Daisies, Ivan Passer's Intimate Lighting, and Milos Forman's The Firemen's Ballas one of the major achievements of the Czech New Wave"
- Chicago Reader
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