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May 17, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Eeny Meeny

FILM CLUB. Films starring Iva Janzurova. Admission Free.

Directed by Alice Nellis, 1999, 104 min
In Czech with English subtitles

Hrají:  Iva Janžurová, Leoš Suchařípa, Theodora Remundová, Eva Holubová, a další

Alice Nellis’s first feature film has a gentle drollery reminiscent of the best films of the Czech New Wave, while retaining their political bite as it depicts “unimportant matters that become important.” When Jana, an English literature student at Prague University, returns to her hometown for a visit, she finds the place swept by election fever and herself on the election committee, appointed by her passionately politicized mother who gave up the position after her husband suffered a stroke. While Jana’s father, bed-ridden and irked by his wife’s devotion to one of the candidates, sabotages their efforts to the best of his ability, Jana struggles to find a way out of her own personal dilemmas, notably a tangled relationship with one of her professors. The election itself gradually turns into a farce as the committee members find themselves with mainly each other for company in the polling station on election day. “Now that we’re free to watch the news, nobody cares,” Jana’s mother remarks in the face of the voters’ overwhelming indifference, unexpected after the long-awaited reintroduction of democracy following four decades of Communist rule. Quietly, irresistibly funny in the manner of early Milos Forman, Eeny Meeny abounds in lovingly observed small, quiet moments, and warm, humorous insights into post-Communist everyday reality.
—Petra Hammerl


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May 17, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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