‘Capricious Summer is the second feature film by director Jiří Menzel. The film is an adaptation of the novel by Vladislav Vančura, another writer also famous for his mastery of the Czech language. The spirit of poetism, a literary movement of inter-war Czechoslovakia, is present throughout the entire film and it flows from the language into the visual imagery and its intoxicatingly melancholic mood. This film narrates the story of three aging friends who take pleasure in a peculiar language of expression, which they use to mask their petit bourgeois status. Time flows in the easy pace of the Olše River, on the banks of which they spent their friendship engaged in witty conversations. The arrival of a rachitic roving magician, played by the director himself, and his beautiful assistant disturbs the calm atmosphere of this male company and brings an unusual excitement into their midst. Menzel manages to harmonically merge the language game with the visual aspects of the film and create a kaleidoscope of beauty, poetry and life´s wisdom.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the programme. The cinema is accessible through the reception of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Please note the entrance is on Bayswater Road. All films will be screened with English subtitles.’ (CC)