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Jun 29, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Ofka, a young borderline misanthrope, observes the instability of her own life as if from a distance. Though she dabbles in art, the lethargic Ofka chooses to work nights at a convenience store owned by her brother-in-law instead of studying for a career. But when her boyfriend jilts her and the store is robbed during her shift, Ofka gets a jolt in the direction of adulthood. As her self-absorption begins to dissipate, she starts to see things more clearly—like the fact that her friend Ubr loves her from afar. His crush goes unrequited, but Ofka rejects his advances with a kindness that signifies her progression from childishness to maturity. Though there is no grand revelation for Ofka, she feels the earth gradually shifting beneath her feet—taking her closer to a place where she can hold on to those she loves. Night Owls was shot mainly in the Karlin district of Prague, where modern architecture has rapidly replaced the old, and—in screenwriter Irena Hejdová’s words—“everything is changing.” Cold, damp, and bleak as it seems, however, Ofka need only move out of the shadows and into the light of a doorway to discover a multitude of possibilities. The story of her awakening is a departure for director Michaela Pavlátová, better known for animated shorts that have garnered her both an Oscar nomination and a Golden Bear at the Berlinale.


Filmscreening on a rooftop of the Czech Center New York

June 29, 2010 , at dusk, Free


Night Owls

Directed by Michaela Pavlátová, Česko, 2008, 81 min

Cast: Martha Issová, Jiří Mádl, Jan Dolanský, David Novotný, Kristýna Nováková - Fuitová, Lenka Termerová, Jana Hubinská, Václav Helšus, Igor Chmela, Simona Babčáková, Jakub Prachař


Capacity is limited and seating is on a first come - first served basis. We don't take any reservations.



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


Jun 29, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


České centrum

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