AFS Presents: Pearls of the Deep
Considered a manifesto of the Czechoslovak New Wave, this omnibus of five short films by five rising directors is based on a book by the venerable Bohumil Hrabal. Absurdist in style and focusing attention to the individual rather than the collective, the writer broke with the socialist realism that was the dictate of the times. Nemec’s contribution to this anthology, The Imposter, is the most stylistically simple, about two elderly men sharing their illustrious life careers while spending time in hospital. The conclusion reveals that one of their best qualities was mastering the art of embellishment.