Mr. Kafka's Holiday

Linda Feesey

2002, 35:00 minutes, colour, English


Mr. Kafka's Holiday is an experiment in narrative form. The scenes, events and dialogue are all extrapolated from the writings and life of Franz Kafka. The film builds on Kafka's 'art of intensity' (Slavoj Zizek) redrawn in a sexual obsession and blood. It's an absurdist exploitation movie; dark, confusing and funny.

For Kafka, a weekend away with his best friend Max Brod, is a time to relax. An enigmatic young woman bursts in on their fun; the young Margaret Thatcher, part William Burroughs and part young Tory. Kafka falls hard for the attractive and efficient young woman; and so does Max Brod. When the sleepy hotel erupts with sex, violence and drugs, there are going to be casualties.

According to Kafka, "Love always inflicts wounds which never heal, because love always appears hand in hand with filth."

Starring Jubal Brown (banned from MOMA and Art Gallery of Ontario), with cinematography by Willy Le Maitre (Appearance Machine), and a music score by Zev Asher (Nimrod, Roughage).

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