A selection of Brdečka’s best animated shorts featuring among others a daring hymn to free thinking (Gallina Vogelbirdae; 1963 Grand Prix Winner at the Annecy International Animation Festival), a Gothic tale inspired by 17th Century woodcuts, a horrifying murder story reminiscent of Greek tragedy, a story of star-crossed love, and a touching miner’s ballad.
These films of immense poetic and artistic quality place Brdečka alongside Czech masters such as Jiří Trnka and Karel Zeman while reminding us that Disney is not the only model for telling stories through animation and that animation is not just for children.
Q&A with Tereza Brdečková, writer and film critic
Jiří Brdečka (1917 – 1982), script-writer and director, has directed 35 animated films, that have been awarded more than 40 international prizes, including the grand prizes at Annecy, Oberhausen, Montevideo and San Sebastian. A close collaborator with Jiří Trnka, Brdečka worked with the best artists (e.g. Kamil Lhoták, Eva Švankmajerová, Jiří Anderle, Zdeněk Seydl) and musicians (e.g. Zdeněk Liška, Jan Klusák) to deliver beatifully animated stories full of poetry and humour.
The Best of Jiří Brdečka:
Love and a Zeppelin (Vzducholoď a láska, 1958, 8´)
Gallina Vogelbirdae (Špatně namalovaná slepice, 1963, 14´)
Revenge (Pomsta, 1968, 15´)
Metamorpheus (1969, 14´)
There Was a Miller on a River (Jsouc na řece mlynář jeden, 1971, 11´)
The Face (Tvář, 1973, 3´)
The Miner’s Rose (Horníkova růže, 1974, 13´)
Thirteen’s Chamber of the Prince Copperslick (Třináctá komnata prince Měděnce, 1980, 9´)