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Feb 24, 2015 7:00 PM

Divided We Fall

Tuesday Film Club. Divided We Fall by directorJan Hřebejk.

Screenig of this film is a part of the multimedia project "Shoah in Us" and is followed by info session with Pavel Štingl, who will present the Bubny Memorial of Silence in Prague.

Divided We Fall
Director: Jan Hřebejk, 2000, 120 min., in Czech with English subtitles.
Czechoslovakia, late 1930s: We glimpse three co-workers motoring pleasantly through the countryside. Fast-forward a few years: Jewish David (Csongor Kassai) has been shipped off to Terezín. Germanophile Horst (Jaroslav Dušek) is the town quisling. Mild, melancholy Josef (Boleslav Polívka) just wants to get through the war unscathed, keeping his head down and tolerating Horst's frequent visits and attentions to his wife, Marie (Anna Šišková). Which visits shift from annoying to dangerous when escaped David returns and seeks shelter the only place he can, at Josef and Marie's flat. 

With their characteristic humanity and a fresh take on the ubiquitous narrative of occupation, joined-at-the-hip collaborators Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský (Pelíšky, Horem pádem) have crafted one of the best war-at-home tales in the Czech or any other cinema. Often compared to (and much better than) Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful in its high-wire mix of horror and humor, Divided We Fall strikes a near-perfect tragicomic pitch as Josef, with fear and self-loathing, publicly cultivates Horst and his Nazi pals to deflect any suspicion that he's got something to hide. Heading a great cast, Polívka, the country's finest working actor, gives one of his finest performances, mining the desperate farce in Josef's awful predicament as he comes to realize, with something like terror, that he is going to do the right thing.

Free admission.
First-come, first-served.


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Feb 24, 2015 7:00 PM


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