Before Tonight is Over Blu-ray

Before Tonight is Over

Set entirely in a nightclub in a mountain ski resort over one eventful evening, Peter Solan’s Before Tonight is Over brings together an exceptional cast as they drink, dance, flirt, and fight in a delightful, kaleidoscopic character study.

Highly improvised and experimental in its approach, the film achieves a remarkable, intimate naturalism, offering a sharp critique of then-contemporary life as the characters gradually reveal their dreams, desires and disappointments. Once condemned for its depiction of societies’ vices, the radical Before Tonight is Over remains a potent work of wit and wisdom and is now regarded as one of the great gems of Slovak cinema.

A tiny capsule, uniquely preserved from a very brief time in history, yet it still rings perfectly true... a beautifully innovative cinematic experience, and a true hidden gem of a film that deserves greater attention.” Bonjour Tristesse

A remarkably fluid, free-flowing affair, revelling in the caprices of its liquored-up characters... it’s a joyous discovery and essential catch-up viewing for anyone already bitten by the Czechoslovakian New Wave bug.” Cerise Howard, Senses of Cinema

Production Year: 1966
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 89 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: Black and White
Director Peter Solan
Cast Jana Gýrová
Cast Jitka Zelenohorská
Cast Stano Danciak


  • Before Tonight is Over (Kým sa skončí táto noc, 1965) presented from an HD transfer of the new 2K restoration supervised by the Slovak Film Institute.
  • A Conversation About Peter Solan and His Film ‘Before Tonight Is Over’ (2020): a new filmed appreciation of the film with Martin Kaňuch and Rastislav Steranka
  • Two short films reflecting the locale and milieu of the film: Operation BL (Akcia BL, 1959) and High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry, 1966)
  • Booklet with new writing on the film by Peter Hames
  • World premiere on Blu-ray.
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)