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The Ironic Curtain:Czech Cinema since the Valvet Revolution
10.23.2009 - 10.29.2009 
The Walter Reade Theater,Film Society of Linkoln C - New York City




The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema since the Velvet


October 23-29

The Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 W 65th Street, Lincoln Center, Upper Level Plaza

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Citizen Havel / Občan Havel  Pavel Koutecký and

Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic, 2008; 120m. The private

and public life of dissident playwright-turned-president

Václav Havel.  
Fri Oct 23: 6:30pm

Divided We Fall / Musíme si pomáhat  Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic, 2000; 122m.  Humor is rarely blacker than in this

boudoir drama set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.  

Nominated for an Oscar. 
Sun Oct 25: 2:20pm; Wed Oct 28: 6:15pm

Empties / Vratné lahve Jan Svĕrák, Czech Republic / UK,

2007; 100m. Following the Oscar-winning Kolya in 1996,

father-and-son team Zdenĕk and Jan Svĕrák returned with

a bittersweet smash hit. 
Sat Oct 24: 6:00pm; Wed Oct 28: 2:15pm

The Ferrari Dino Girl / Holka Ferrari Dino  Jan Nĕmec,

Czech Republic, 2009; 68m.  Seminal New Wave director

Jan Nĕmec’s autobiographical thriller includes his original

footage of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague.

Don’t miss it. FAMU dean Pavel Jech to introduce.

Screening with:

The Kind Revolution / Nĕžná revoluce  Jíří Střecha and

Petr Slavík, Czech Republic, 1990; 37m.  The first film

to document the Velvet Revolution. Q&A with UN Amb.

Martin Palouš. 

Fri Oct 23: 2:00pm; Sun Oct 25: 7:00pm


The Return of the Idiot / Návrat idiota  Saša Gedeon,

Czech Republic / Germany, 1999; 100m. This loose

adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Idiotfollows a wise

fool who leaves an asylum and enters the lives of

four romantically linked friends.

Q&A with Ana Geislerová. Screening with:

Czech Peace / Ceský mir  Filip Remunda and Vit Klusák, 

Czech Republic , 2004; 19m. The merry pranksters behind

 Czech Dream present a sneak preview of their newest documentary, a pre-war comedy about recent U.S. plans

to install a radar base on Czech soil. 
Sat Oct 24: 8:00pm; Tue Oct 27: 4:00pm


Some Secrets / V let  Alice Nellis, Czech Republic /

Slovakia, 2002; 93m. Personal and political histories

intertwine during a family road trip to scatter a patriarch’s

ashes over the Czech-Slovak border.  Inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Singer/actor Iva Bittová to

introduce.Sun Oct 25: 4:45pm; Wed Oct 28: 4:15pm

Something Like Happiness / Štĕstí  Bohdan Sláma,

Czech Republic  / Germany, 2005; 102m. Three friends

grapple with loneliness and unrequited desires. 

Q&A with Aňa Geislerová. 
Fri Oct 23: 9:10pm; Thu Oct 29: 2:15pm

The Karamazovs / Karamazovi  Petr Zelenka,

Czech Republic / Poland, 2008; 100m. A Czech

theater troupe stages The Brothers Karamazov

like never before, at a Polish steelworks. Q&A

with Petr Zelenka. 
Thu Oct 29: 6:15pm

The Cremator / Spalovač mrtvol  Juraj Herz,

Czechoslovakia, 1969; 95m. What better way to ring

in Halloween than with this creepy black comedy set

in a Czech crematorium in the ’30s? A masterwork

well worth discovering. 
Tue Oct 27: 9:00pm

Daisies / Sedmikrásky  Vĕra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia,

1966; 74m. A surrealist romp and a keystone of the Czech

New Wave. Michal Bregant, dean of FAMU International, to introduce. 
Tue Oct 27: 2:15pm; Thu Oct 29: 8:50pm

Loves of a Blonde / Lásky jedné plavovlásky  

Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965; 88m. This gently

rebellious satire breaks with Socialist realism to take a

Truffaut-esque look at young adult life. Nominated for

an Oscar. Screening with:

The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia / Konec stalinismu

v Čechách  Jan Švankmajer, UK, 1990; 10m. Working in

stop-motion claymation and documentary, the master

image-maker surveys Czech history. 

Fri Oct 23 4:15pm; Wed Oct 28: 8:40pm

Voyage to the End of the Universe / Ikarie XB 1

 Jindrich Polák, Czechoslovakia, 1963; 87m. Czechoslovakia’s maiden foray into sci fi inspired Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 
Sun Oct 25: 9:15pm; Thu Oct 29: 4:20pm

Ecstasy / Extase  Gustav Machatý, Czechoslovakia /

Austria, 1933; 87m. An unhappily married Eva falls for a

seductive young Adam in this “adult” classic that made

Hedy Lamarr a succès de scandale prior to Hollywood

.Sun Oct 25: 12:30pm.

Opening and Closing Night: Reception to follow, catered

by the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden and Pilsner Urquell.





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