Nov 4, 2010 12:00 AM - Nov 7, 2010 12:00 AM
NEW CZECH FILMS
The eleventh annual series is presented at three venues: at the Czech Center New York, the program offers unusual film projects and introduces debuting directors and talented students of film. The closing night screening held in collaboration with BAMcinématek at BAM Rose Cinemas will feature another debuting director who entered the scene with an accomplished historical drama. The last screening included in New Czech Films 2010 is a special event at Film Forum, which will celebrate a theatrical release with the director of the film in person.
NEW CZECH FILMS
11th ANNUAL SERIES OF NEW CZECH FILMS
November 4, 2010 - November 7, 2010,
The eleventh annual series includes three North American premieres
Special events and Q&As with directors Tomas Masin (3 Seasons in Hell) and Academy Award Nominee, Jan Hrebejk (
Curated by Irena Kovarova.
Presented in 3 venues:
Admission Free. No reservations; seating is on first-come first-served basis.
Nov 9 – closing night screening and reception (3 Seasons in Hell)
Tickets available at BAM.org/BAMcinematek
Nov 27 – special event on the occasion of theatrical release (
Tickets available at filmforum.com
Box Office call 212-727-8110
The eleventh annual series is presented at three venues: at the
The first and the last film in the program belong to one director, Jan Hrebejk. The series opens on November 4 with a North American premiere of contemporary chamber opera Tomorrow There Will Be... (2010), captured on film thanks to Hrebejks admiration for the unusual theatrical piece and the work of Ales Brezina, the composer of original music to most of Hrebejks films. The director originally planned to include scenes from the opera performance in his feature
The rest of the program at the Czech Center New York (November 4-7) presents debuting directors and film students: the final film in a four-volume exquisite documentary series Forgotten Transports by historian and political scientist Lukas Pribyl; two winning student films from Prague Film Academy festival FAMU Fest Roma Boys (2009) by Rozalie Kohoutova and Alda (2009) by Viera Cakanyova; and the North American premiere of Dreamers (2009), a generational statement by JItka Rudolfova, which premiered in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival this summer.
The New Czech Films 2010 closing night screening on November 9 at BAMcinématek,
New Czech Films schedule
All films are in Czech and other languages with English subtitles.
Screenings at the
Thursday, November 4 at 7pm - Opening night screening with special guests
Saturday, November 6 at 6:30pm
Tomorrow There Will Be... (Zitra se bude) (2010) 75min, North American Premiere!
Directed by Jan Hrebejk
Opera music and libretto by Ales Brezina, libretto co-author and stage director Jiri Nekvasil
With Sona Cervena and Jan Mikusek
The filming of the chamber opera on the trial of Milada Horakova, the only woman executed in Communist Czechoslovakia in the sham political trials of the 1950s, was spearheaded by a wish to capture for posterity this unusual musical theater performance staged in 2008 at the National Theater in
Friday, November 5 at 7pm
Forgotten Transports: To
Directed by Lukas Pribyl
“Monumental”, “Gripping”, “ [A] seminal documentation of a little-known piece of WWII history.” —Alissa Simon, Variety
This is the final volume of an awarded four feature documentary film series titled Forgotten Transports, which renders the stories of survival of Czechoslovak Jews, who were transported to places mostly unknown as destinations for the Nazi extermination machine. Trained as political scientist and historian, director Lukas Pribyl devoted 10 years to research and film production earning praise from fellow filmmakers who called the series the best research archival films on the Holocaust. Avoiding the usual cataloguing of deaths, Pribyl concentrates on life and personal stories through interviews with survivors and meticulous work with archival materials—he did not include any story-line unless he found original never before used photographs and time-specific film footage. The great lengths the director went to discovering the documentation would deserve their own film or a book. Each film concentrates on a different mode of survival—through camaraderie and group support in To Estonia, through keeping family life seemingly intact in To Latvia, through active fight in To Belarus. In To Poland, the protagonists survive by assuming different identities and escaping their fates by fleeing to other countries.
Saturday, November 6 at 8pm
Winners of 2009 FAMU Fest
Roma Boys (2009) 30min, dir. Rozalie Kohoutova
Alda (2009) 51min, dir. Viera Cakanyova
FAMU Fest is the annual competition of student works held by the
Sunday, November 7 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm
Dreamers (Zoufalci) (2009), 97min, North American Premiere!
Directed by Jitka Rudolfova
With Simona Babcakova, Jakub Zacek, Zuzana Onufrakova, Vaclav Neuzil, Pavlina Storkova, Michal Kern, Jaroslav Plesl
The talented director Rudolfova has been portraying her generational peers since her first student films produced at the
Special events at other venues:
Tuesday, November 9, 7pm
Closing Night Screening followed by Q&A with director Tomas Masin in person
3 Seasons in Hell (3 Sezony v pekle) (2009) 110min, North American Premiere!
Directed by Tomas Masin
With Krystof Hadek, Karolina Gruzska, and Martin Huba
“…helmer Masin brings a visual exuberance to the material that marks him as talent to watch.”—Alissa Simon, Variety
This special screening organized by BAMcinématek and the
11th annual New Czech Films series with its closing night film. Masins period piece, his feature film debut, which premiered in July in the main competition at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, follows the extravagant exploits of a 19-year-old dandy who runs away from home to explore his artistic freedom and political idealism in postwar Prague at the dawn of the Communist coup détat. The film was inspired by the autobiography of one of the most famous Czech literary scenesters of that era, Egon Bondys The First Ten Years, yet transformed into a fictional work that allows the characters to emerge from their real-life counterparts shadows.
Saturday, November 27 at 7:50pm
at Film Forum
Special screening followed by Q&A with director Jan Hrebejk in person
celebrating U.S. Theatrical Premiere and release at Film Forum November 24-December 7
Directed by Jan Hrebejk
With Lenka Vlasakova, Martin Huba, Antonin Kratochvil, Daniela Kolarova, and Ladislav Chudik
“Top-notch ensemble performances…”, “…one of the duos most resonant and serious undertakings…”—Derek Elley, Variety
The screenwriter-director duo of Petr Jarchovsky and Jan Hrebejk, which has been working together since Hrebejks feature debut in 1993 and received Oscar nomination for Divided We Fall, departed with this film from the lighter fare of dramatic comedies for which they are best known (Cozy Dens, Up and Down, Beauty in Trouble) in favor of a full blown family drama. Twenty years since the fall of the Communist regime and the following turbulent times when true and false accusations of collaboration with secret police made front pages of national dailies, the adult daughter of a renowned psychiatrist and reputedly morally irreproachable dissident discovers facts that shake the grounds not only of her own family. In a story about guilt, punishment, forgiveness and remorse everyone seems to have their own version of the truth. The film premiered at the 2010 Berlinale festivals Panorama section and is the official Czech entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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