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Sep 26, 2017 7:00 PM







Director: Vladimír Michálek, 1996, 105 min, Czechoslovakia

Q&A with screenwriter Milena Jelinek. 

How does the church defeat the state that has the power to terminate them instantly? Does the action take a holy action when the church begins to engage in acts of deception and give in to lust to help the parish? Experience a story of punishment in the greatest sense as a priest pushes the limits of a communist society to help villagers who attend his church. 

Vladimir Michalek's  Forgotten Light, The Forgotten Light , chronicles the inner tensions of a priest who works to keep his church alive as the Communist state ends funding. The 1996 film is based on Jakub Deml's 1934 book, which is considered to be a masterpiece of Czech literature. Father Holy, the village priest, battles against the state to fund a new roof for the parish. In the name of the protected religious sanctuary for his villagers he illegally replicates the statue to sell the original, endangering himself and his church even more. The woman he secretly loves is battling cancer and seeks refuge in the comfort of the church, furthering the importance of his mission. In his fight against the threat of communism versus the church, he finds himself in almost comical situations.









Milena Jelinek is a Czech screenwriter that studied at the Film and Television Academy FAMU in Prague 1955 – 59.  She was a screenwriter of  “EASY LIFE “ 1957.  She immigrated to USA in 1961.  She made a series of short films in late sixties and seventies that were screened at the Whitney Museum, the Kennedy Center and the Festival of Women’s Films.  From the beginning of eighties till present, she has been teaching at Columbia University, The School of the Arts.  In addition, she has taught at SUNY Purchase, FAMU (Prague) USC Los Angeles and New York  University.  She has received a production grant for the feature film The Forgotten Light from the Czech Government, released in 1966, which received three Czech Lion Awards in 1997.








Vladimír Michálek is a Czech filmmaker and screenwriter. He has been awarded many Czech Lion film awards, including Best Direction. As with America, he wrote the screenplay for his movie Angel Exit 2000. The film won the 2002 Daring Digital Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival. His Autumn Spring film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2003 Comedy Festival, as well as the Audience Awards of the 2002 Cleveland International Film Festival. Louis International Film Festival and the 2003 Sedona Film Festival.








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Sep 26, 2017 7:00 PM


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