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World Cinema Series: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

What Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a dream-like excursion into a symbol-laden gothic fairytale.
When 5 April 2011 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897
Admission

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating. Seats are limited.

 

Valerie And Her Week of Wonders
by Jaromil Jireš
1970 | Czech Republic | 73 min | 35mm | M18 (
Some Sexual Scenes) | In Czech with English subtitles

Once seen and never forgotten, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a dream-like excursion into a symbol-laden gothic fairytale.

The film follows the bizarre adventures of an innocent bourgeois teenage girl experiencing puberty. Valerie is surrounded by a succession of sexual fantasies ruled by a vampire named Tchor. With the help of her magic earrings, she flees from his subtly sinister influence and embarks on an oneiric journey where Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade could perfectly be her travelling partners.

With its non-linear story structure and characters that transform in the blink of an eye, the film twists and turns in the irrational manner of a dream. Events begin to unfold from Valerie's point of view, when her brother steals the pearl earrings she inherited from her apparently dead mother. The theft significantly coincides with the onset of her first period. From then on, Valerie is plunged into the strange world of adult desire, with its terrible and intriguing secrets.