Case for the New Hangman

Panorama Europe Film Festival 2018

May 31, 2018 , 7:00 PM

[1st Floor]

This lost classic of the Czech New Wave is a hallucinogenic swirl of Gulliver’s Travels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Kafkaesque surrealism. The freewheeling anti-narrative follows the misadventures of a modern-day Lemuel Gulliver who, after crashing his car, embarks on foot on a nightmarish odyssey that lands him in a strange land where citizens adhere to nonsensical laws and its rulers block out the sun. The satirical allegory was not lost on Czechoslovakia’s Communist government, which banned the film “forever” and effectively ended director Juracek’s career. Nevertheless, this stands as one of the most audacious and visually inventive works to emerge from the short-lived but remarkably fertile Prague Spring.

Czechoslovakia. Director: Pavel Juracek, 1969, 102 mins.

With Lubomir Kostelka, Klara Jernekova, and Milena Zahrynowska.

In Czech with English subtitles.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit

Organized by: Czech Center NY