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Nov 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Nov 7, 2004 12:00 AM

New Czech Films

5th Annual festival on the newest feature films from the Czech Republic. November 4-7.

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 4-7
BAM Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue

Information, reservations and tickets:
Call 718.636.4100 or click here

New Czech Films


BRATS (2002) 96 min

Directed by Zdenek Tyc

Thursday, November 4 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm

Brats sensitively portrays a family that moved to the country to find better air for an asthmatic son and an improved environment for their two adoptive sons. Things soon go awry when a neighbor accuses one of their adoptive sons of breaking his car’s windshield. The film looks at questions of tolerance, love, and family. Developed by novelist Tereza Boučková at a Sundance screenwriters’ lab in Prague, Brats is based on Boučková’s own family.


ŽELARY (2003) 150 min

Directed by Ondrej Trojan.

Friday, November 5 at 7:30pm*

*Followed by Q&A with Ondrej Trojan

Set in the Moravian mountains during the WWII occupation, the film tells the story of a clash between two worlds. Running away from the Gestapo, Eliška is forced to leave her urban life and become a new woman, named Hana, the wife of a mountain villager. She finds refuge in a village called Želary, where time stopped one hundred and fifty years ago.



BORED IN BRNO (2003) 104 min

Directed by Vladimír Morávek

Saturday, November 6 at 3:45, 9:35pm

Shot in black and white as an homage to Miloš Forman’s New Wave films, the film is a comedy about friends, relatives, and neighbors offering erotic advice to two socially awkward young people who are about to spend their first night together.


FAITHLESS GAMES (2003 ) 95 min

Directed by Michaela Pavlátová

Saturday, November 6 at 6:30pm*

*Followed by Q&A with Michaela Pavlátová

Hailed for its subtle depiction of relationships between men and women, the first feature of an accomplished film animator, Michaela Pavlátová, follows Eva, a Prague born piano performer, who sacrifices her career, family, and friends to live with her composer husband in a Slovak-Hungarian border village. The film embodies the atmosphere of a strained marital relationship, and shows the straying partner’s struggle to reconnect.



SENTIMENT (2003) 72 min,

Directed by Tomas Hejtmánek

Sunday, November 7 at 2, 8pm

Sentiment is a film essay inspired by the intimate relationship of documentary filmmaker Hejtmánek with the legendary Czech director František Vláčil. Hejtmánek’s original intention was to capture Vláčil through a dialogue with the director. Vláčil’s sudden death forced the young director to change course. The film became a fusion of reminiscences, feature film, and visually stunning shots taken from locations of Vláčil’s films. The International Federation of Film Societies jury at the Finále Plzeň festival gave its Don Quijote award to Sentiment and wrote, “This is a film which exemplifies what Czech cinema can be at its new zenith. Fashioned by Hejtmánek, it absorbs you into the world of Vláčil through a virtuoso performance by Kodet. Exemplary cinematography combined with wistful dialogue produce an unmatched



MARKETA LAZAROVA (1967) 162 min

Directed by Frantisek Vlacil

Sunday, November 7 at 4pm.

Upon its release, Variety declared the ornate and complex Markéta Lazarová “a stunning work.” Adapted from Vladislav Vančura’s 1931 novel of the same name, this medieval drama is an epic story of conflict and doomed love affairs between two rival clans. Vláčil’s astounding visuals evoke the psychology of a past age and vividly portray the age-old battle of Christianity against paganism. The film was voted by Czech critics as the best Czech film ever made.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


From: Nov 4, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Nov 7, 2004 12:00 AM


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