21.11.2009 0:00 - 0:00
New Czech Films - René, Tobruk
The annual series of new Czech films is celebrating its 10th anniversary along with the entire program of BAMcinématek. Co-curated by Irena Kovarova and organized by BAMcinématek and the Czech Center New York, the series is a part of the 2009 Czech Independence Day Celebrations. New Czech Films November 18-22, 2009 BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn Tickets: BAM.org or (718) 777-FILM All films in Czech with English subtitles.
Saturday, November 21
René (2009) 83 min. NY Premiere!
2, 6:50*pm *Q&A with Helena Třeštíková
Tobruk (2008) 100 min
RENÉ (2008) Directed by Helena Třeštíková. This raw authentic documentary film tells the story of René whose life was being captured on camera since he was seventeen. Třeštíková followed his hopeless journey between prison (on a number of sentences mainly for theft) and brief periods outside the prison walls in the director's preferred time-lapse method. In 2008 the film comes to an end, leaving the charismatic now 37-year-old René diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (and high IQ) still getting in trouble with the law, but also as the author of two published books. Sawing the fruits of her long and successful filmmaking career, Třeštíková finally gets the attention on international scene that she deserves – for RENÉ she received Prix Arte from the European Film Academy and also won the Media European Talent Award at Cannes this year for her next project MIRACLE which follows a now 35-years old man already from his birth. NY Premiere!
TOBRUK (2008) Directed by Václav Marhoul. With Jan Meduna, Petr Vaněk, Martin Nahálka and Robert Nebřenský. A humanistic story about Czech soldiers in exile who fought on the side of the Allies against Nazis and Fascists in the infamous battle of Tobruk in North Africa during WWII. A naïve young soldier joins the Czech troops. He soon finds out that there is only a very thin line between heroism and cowardice. Courage is the will power, which no man has enough to spare. When used, it is soon exhausted. Director Marhoul avoided the flashy style of many war films in favor of allowing the story of the young soldiers to be experienced by the audience through the visual depictions of the desert. For his second feature film, an homage to soldiers whose actions were not allowed to be celebrated under the Communist regime, Marhoul received a well deserved praise from critics, audience and the Czech Film Academy – receiving not only Czech Lion awards but also a national nomination for the award of the European Film Academy.
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21.11.2009 0:00 - 0:00