Martyrs of Love

Film stills

Aš noriu eiti su tavim. Tik mudu du.

Tik aš ir tu, tik mes abu.

This romance is comprised of three tales representing different aspects of love: temptation, dreams and adventure. In the first, an introverted clerk takes his savings to paint the town red and winds up with a woman in his bed. In the second, a waitress on a train dreams of being a maid pursuing a singer. In the final tale, an orphan is invited to a garden party where he is treated like an old friend by the wealthy guests.
Locarno International Film Festival – Special Mention; Chicago International Film Festival – nominated for Gold Hugo.

Jan Němec

Jan Němec was born in Prague in 1936. He was a part of a group of students to emerge from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) straight into an occupied Czechoslovakia. In response, the Czechoslovak New Wave was born. He presented his first feature and vision of the Holocaust in Diamonds of the Night (1965). In the West, one of  director’s best known films is Report on the Party and the Guests (1966), a controversial, unflinching satire of communist ideals versus brutal reality. Later he created Martyrs of Love (1966), documentaries Oratorio for Prague (1968) and Late Night Talks with Mother (2001).