Film buffs will be able to enjoy 12 Czech New Wave masterpieces from the 1960s next month. The film festival, co-organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Consulate-General of the Czech Republic, will be held from October 3 to 22 at the Hong Kong Film Archive in Sai Wan Ho and UA Langham Place in Mong Kok. Czech New Wave is a term used for the movies of the early 60s directed by the likes of Milos Forman, Vera Chytilova, Jan Kadar, Jan Nemec and Ivan Passer. The characteristics of the Czech New Wave movement are long, unscripted dialogues, dark, absurd humour, and inexperienced actors. The works from this era often deal with themes that were uncommon in communist countries at the time, such as the confusing nature of love or the absence of morality in society. Many of them were adapted from Czech literature. The movement came to an end in 1968, following the Soviet clampdown on the liberal Prague Spring period. Some directors, including Forman, Passer and Nemec, fled the country, while others faced heavy censorship. Films featuring in the upcoming festival include The Shop on Main Street, which won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1965. Directed by Kadar and Elmar Klos, the film is about a misunderstanding between a dim-witted but decent Slovak carpenter, Tono, and an elderly Jewish widow, Mrs Lautmann. Tono is appointed by the government to oversee Mrs Lautmann during the second world war; she believes he is her assistant. Forman's first feature film, Peter and Pavla, will also be screened. The story follows a 16-year-old supermarket employee Peter, his bathhouse partner Pavla, and their circle of friends. Peter trawls the aisles of the grocery store by day and listens to the droning lectures of his parents by night. Subtle humour and allegory mingle to create a hallmark Czech New Wave film. In Daisies (1966), directed by Chytilova, two girls both named Marie revel in their bad behaviour. They cheat men for expensive meals and play cruel pranks simply because they can. They gradually focus solely on creating havoc, destruction and negativity. The story is part morality tale, part comedy, part social criticism. It won the grand prix at Bergamo Film Festival. For full programme, visit www.hkiff.org.hk . We are giving away six free tickets to Daisies and four to Peter and Pavla, courtesy of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name, school and contact details, and state which movie you would like to see. Each winner will receive two tickets. The deadline for entry is Friday, September 15.