Perinbaba (1985) Juraj Jakubisko
Perinbaba (1985) Juraj Jakubisko
Perinbaba (1985) Juraj Jakubisko

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Co-presented by the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia

Juraj Jakubisko | Czechoslovakia, West Germany | 1985 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 12 Oct 2022

This beautiful adaptation of a Brothers Grimm fairytale has become a staple of Slovak Christmases, notwithstanding its plentiful adult content, horrific elements and that it was only made because its director was forbidden from producing more personal projects. Giulietta Masina shines as Perinbaba, aka “Lady Winter”, the “Feather Fairy”, in this tale of a young boy whose life she saved who wishes to leave her enchanted domain for the real world, notwithstanding the latter’s many terrors. Jakubisko steeped this cult classic in Slavic folklore; the breathtaking cinematography is by Dodo Šimončič.

Format: DCP
Language: Slovak, Czech with English Subtitles
Source: Slovak Film Institute
Runtime: 89 mins

Event duration

89 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Gallows Bacchanalias, Fractious Fairy-Tales and the Rule of Three: The Cinema of Juraj Jakubisko (Wed 5 – Wed 15 Oct)

The irrepressible Juraj Jakubisko (1938–) represents the baroque vanguard of the Czechoslovak New Wave’s Slovak contingent. After assisting on early works by fellow students Jaromil Jireš and Věra Chytilová at Prague’s FAMU film school, Jakubisko soon made his own mark with a succession of acclaimed, flamboyant and provocative films which saw him dubbed “the Slovak Fellini” at the 1968 Venice Film Festival, but which also earnt him the sustained wrath of his nation’s censors, with three of his four 1960s features shelved until after 1989’s Velvet Revolution, including the extraordinary Birds, Orphans and Fools that opens this season.

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