Czech Republic | 2022 | 77' | DOP: Michal Černý, Jan Kundera | director: Jan Bušta
A never-ending flow of words coming from the fanatical leader of the sect culminates in the drinking of poison. A thousand faithful commit ritual suicide. These dramatic moments in 1978 were caught on tape. On that basis a film experiment came to pass in which the sect members are represented by children and their leader is a youth who is transformed in front of the camera into a seven years older I. In his debut film, Jan Bušta, brings us an electrifying experience of demagogy and manipulation. a-B-C-D-e-F-G-H-i-JONESTOWN is also a cinephile tribute to film experiment milestones, “demagogically manipulating” with all elements of film narration and audience’s expectations.
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