"Code Name Ruby"
Directed by Jan Nemec
A remarkable experiment
in non-narrative form from Czech New Wave member Jan Nemec, this
controversial feature blends documentary, archival footage and fiction
into an elliptical narrative in which two young people in Prague, an
ancient seat for the practice of alchemy, follow the trail for a mystical
philosopher's stone. History and future blend as Nemec, through brilliant
montage sequences and fanciful leaps of the imagination, posits crucial
questions about the legacy of the past and how it influences the
individual's personal freedom and responsibility. With a script by Nemec
and Iva Russelakova. With Jan Potmesil and Lucie Rejchrtova. Czech with
English subtitles. 80 minutes.