Daisies | Tausendschönchen
Sunbathing at an outdoor pool, Marie I (brunette) and Marie II (blonde) come to the conclusion that the world is spoiled. It’s a short leap to deciding they are spoiled too, but “so what?”. From that moment on, they run riot. When Marie I lets older gentlemen take her out to high-end restaurants, Marie II shows up “coincidentally” to enjoy the fine dining. Once the ladies are sated, the frustrated squires are eighty-sixed. After the women have given the men the brush off, their comity turns ever more heartfelt, and in a gesture of solidarity expands to include various female bathroom attendants … With its bright plumage, Daisies was the bird of paradise of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Director Věra Chytilová’s film is an anarchic feminist extravaganza, a dazzling collage of buffoonery with dance and slapstick interludes, whereby the cinematic reality is repeatedly distorted by black-and-white images, time-lapse sequences, and tinted footage. After the Prague Spring, the film was banned and the director was prohibited from working, charged with “hedonism” and “food wastage”.
by Věra Chytilová
with Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Češková, Jiřina Myšková, Marcela Březinová, Julius Albert, Oldřich Hora, Jan Klusák, Josef Klusák, Jaromir Vomácka
Czechoslovakia 1966 Czech 76’ Colour DCP: trigon-film, Ennetbaden, Switzerland Rating R16

For the 2023 Retrospective, internationally renowned directors, actors, and screenwriters were asked to select their personal coming-of-age favourites.
Jasmila Žbanić on her selection


  • Ivana Karbanová
  • Jitka Cerhová
  • Marie Češková
  • Jiřina Myšková
  • Marcela Březinová
  • Julius Albert
  • Oldřich Hora
  • Jan Klusák
  • Josef Klusák
  • Jaromir Vomácka


Director Věra Chytilová
Screenplay Věra Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová based on a story by Věra Chytilová, Pavel Jurácek
Cinematography Jaroslav Kučera
Editing Miroslav Hájek
Music Jiří Šust, Jiří Šlitr
Sound Ladislav Hausdorf
Art Director Karel Lier
Production Design Frantisek Straka
Costumes Anna Berankova, Ester Krumbachová
Make-Up Ladislav Bacílek
Producers Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Smída

Produced by

Filmové Studio Barrandov

Additional information

DCP: trigon-film, Ennetbaden, Switzerland