Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Czech: Valerie a týden divů – is a 1969 Czechoslovakian surrealist film directed by Jaromil Jireš and based on the 1935 novel of the same name by Vítězslav Nezval. It was released in 1970.
Thirteen year-old Jaroslava Schallerová stars as Valerie, with a supporting cast of Helena Anýžová, Karel Engel, Jan Klusák, Petr Kopriva, among others. It was filmed in the Czech town of Slavonice and surrounding areas. The film portrays the heroine as living in a disorienting dream, cajoled by priests, vampires, men and women alike, and blends elements of fantasy and horror films.
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Three early shorts by director Jaromil Jireš: Uncle (1959), Footprints (1960), and The Hall of Lost Footsteps (1960)
- New interview with Czechoslovak film scholar Peter Hames
- Interviews from 2006 with actors Jaroslava Schallerová and Jan Klusák
- Alternate 2007 psych-folk soundtrack to the film by the Valerie Project, with a new video piece on the music’s origins
- New English subtitle translation
- An essay by critic Jana Prikryl
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“A sensuous, often suspenseful fable saturated with shades of Sigmund Freud, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade, the horror comes in the form of actual, traditional fanged vampires who can shape-shift and cause all kinds of deadly mischief. When Valerie is burnt at the stake as a witch — the story is just getting underway!” Horror.com
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