Czechoslovak New Wave Summer

A starter pack for one of the most vital movements in cinema history: the Czechoslovak New Wave of the '60s. A summer of classics lies ahead.

Flowering in the brief window of artistic freedom that emerged in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s—before Russian tanks rolled into the country and put a stop to liberalisation—the Czechoslovak New Wave introduced to the world many of Eastern Europe's most beloved films and filmmakers. Loves of a Blonde, Closely Watched Trains, and Shop on Main Street—the names have secured their place in the pantheon of film history in the years since.

To celebrate the brand-new restorations of Věra Chytilova's Daisies and Vojtěch Jasný's When the Cat Comes, which premiered in Cannes Classics section at the 2021 and 2022 festivals, we are proud to offer up a broad selection of films from the heart of the movement, ranging from solemn historical dramas to buoyant, colourful comedies. This summer, cool off with these masterpieces right at your fingertips.

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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