Young Programmers Festival 2024: Daisies 15


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This film was last shown on 13 February 2024

Two teenage girls decide that since the world is bad, they will be bad too. Initially banned by the Czechoslovak government, Věra Chytilová’s surrealist farce is anarchic fun from its chaotic style to its rebellious and gluttonous protagonists.

Daisies was chosen because of its main characters’ total rejection of societal expectations for women. Negative reviews at the time criticised the girls for being “thoroughly emptyheaded” whilst positive reviews thought their “monstrosity” was depicted beautifully and acknowledged its effectiveness in creating a bourgeois satire critical of an authoritarian government.

Part of our Young Programmer film season - Unlikeable Women

Unlikeable Women is a film season opening the BFI Film Academy Young Programmer’s Film Festival. Focussing on films directed by women about women who have been viewed as unsympathetic and unlikeable, the season aims to celebrate these complex characters and question whether their reputations were truly deserved.

By showing films directed by women, the season presents a unique perspective on the too often maligned unlikeable female character that embraces their flaws and celebrates authenticity.

Please note - there will be no trailers before this film! Instead there will be an introduction by our Young Programmers, so do please arrive on time.

Before this film, our young people will be screening a short film:

  • Nosebleed by Luna Carmoon
Vera Chytilova
1 hour 12 minutes
Ivana Karbanova, Jitka Cerhova, Julius Albert


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