» The Society of the Spectacle

Based on the 1967 book by Guy Debord

Directed by Roxy Farhat and Göran Hugo Olsson (2023) in Czech premiere


What The Spectacle has taken from reality must be taken back from it.

The world has already been filmed. The point now is to change it.

An engrossing and humorous adaptation of Guy Debord’s 1967 essay La Société du Spectacle, unpacking the fucktangular dynamics of alienation, powerlessness and emptiness under the tr(i)ump(h) of capitalism and information technology. Today, the divine act of consuming things we do not need has gone beyond a meaningless recreational activity; it has become a new spiritual world order, unyielding even to the climate crisis that threatens our future existence. Created from contemporary images, found footage and original scenes, the film examines and illustrates the effect of consumerism and how the circulation of images creates desire and profoundly changes the way we see ourselves and interact with each other.

In The Society of the Spectacle, award winning director Göran Hugo Olsson and acclaimed artist Roxy Farhat have joined forces to take on Guy Debord’s legendary essay. The result is a visually daring and thought-provoking film that tackles everything from the climate crisis to self-surveillances and social media. Together with renowned scholars and experts, the directors will help us unpack the text and place it in a current context. A fresh take on The Situationists groundbreaking ideas and a reinvention of “infotainment” as a visual format.

The film screening is a Czech premiere, it will take place at Edison Filmhub on December, 17 at 7 p.m. with English subtitles. Tickets can be purchased through the cinema’s online portal.

The program will be preceded by performance of Václav Magid.

The screening is a part of Culture Wars series presented by Fresh Eye platform in collaboration with ArtMap project.

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