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Nov 18, 2011 6:00 PM - Nov 20, 2011 8:00 PM

Crime Scene: Europe

The 8th New Literature from Europe Festival in New York. A European crime film series complements this year’s literary fest. Czech film: Conscience.

Film series: November 18-20

At Museum of the Moving Image|36-01 35 Ave. (at 37 St.) |Astoria, NY 11106

A special film series complements this year’s spoken word programs, featuring both adaptations of crime novels and new approaches to the genre that play with the conventions of film noir. Presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image from November 18-20, 2011, the series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the ‘40s and the early ‘50s rarely seen in the U.S., to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania, including the critically acclaimed works Aurora by Cristi Puiu and The Double Hour by Giuseppe Capotondi. Authors Zygmunt Miloszewski and Jan Costin Wagner will be present to discuss film versions of their novels featured in the Festival.

Friday, Nov. 18th

7:00pm Poland Entanglement (Uwikłanie), dir. Jacek Bromski, 2011
Adaptation of the novel Uwikłanie by Zygmunt Miłoszewski
Author Zygmunt Miłoszewski in person

Saturday, Nov. 19th
2:00pm Austria: Stolen Identity, dir. Emile E. Reinert, 1953
After themes of the novel Ich war Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

4:30pm Germany: The Silence (Das letzte Schweigen), dir. Baran bo Odar, 2010
Adaptation of the novel Das Schweigen by Jan Costin Wagner
Author Jan Costin Wagner in person

7:00pm Romania: Aurora, dir. Cristi Puiu, 2010
Original script by Cristi Puiu

Sunday, Nov. 20th
2:00pm Czech Republic: Conscience (Svedomi), dir. Jiří Krejčík, 1948

Original script by Jiří Fried, J.A. Novotný, Vladimír Valenta

4:30pm Italy: The Double Hour, dir. Giuseppe Capotondi, 2009
Original script by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi, Stefano Sardo

7:00pm France: Série Noire, dir. Alain Corneau, 1979
Adaption of the novel A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson

SVEDOMI (Conscience)

Directed by Jiří Krejčík (1948, 101 minutes)
Original script by Jiří Fried, J.A. Novotný, Vladimír Valenta
On a business trip, the insurance official Doležal - uncompromising in his office, a proper husband and father of twelve-year-old Jirka and little Alenka - spends the night with a lady official, Vlasta, from the local branch. Driving home in the morning, he hits a little boy and abandons the scene of the accident. A moment of distraction changes Doležal's entire life. He is troubled by conscience and after reading in the papers that the little boy has died he becomes truly desperate. Sunk in his own unhappiness he doesn't notice his son's problems at all. Jirka breaks a sculpture at school and fails to confess, so his entire class has to suffer for his act. Doležal tells his wife about the accident and they confront the fact that the truth could come out. But after discovering his unfaithfulness, his wife stops trusting him. Jirka, for whom his father was always an idol, also turns away from him after secretly overhearing the truth from his parents' conversation. Despairing, the boy runs away from home. The next day he gets the courage and turns himself in at school. Influenced by his son's courage, the father also pulls himself together and goes to the police. He is accompanied by the accepting and forgiving Jirka.


The doyen of Czech filmmaking Jiří Krejčík debuted in 1947 by his feature film A Week in a Quiet House. Since, he has directed many well known Czech films, from psychological dramas, such as A Higher Principle from 1960, to popular comedies, such as A Boarding-house for Bachelors from 1967. His latest film, Fateful Fortune, premiered in 2010.


Museum of Moving Image


From: Nov 18, 2011 6:00 PM
To: Nov 20, 2011 8:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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