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May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Panorama Europe 2018



Screening in New York City, attendees will have the rare opportunity to see recent films from all corners of Europe. The 10th edition of the essential festival of new and vital European cinema will take place from May 4 to May 31 at Museum of the Moving Image and Bohemian National Hall. Czech Center New York specially has organized four rooftop screenings at the BNH, including the festival’s closing night program on Thursday, May 31, which will include the presentation of the newly restorated Czech classic Case for the New Hangman

The Czech Center launched the eclectic Panorama Europe Film Festival in 2009 and has given it more substance and meaning every returning year since its origins. In its beginnings, the festival was co-produced with Irena Kovarova and was first called “Disappearing Act” up until 2013. It was initiated and continues to be a showcase of the vitality of contemporary European Cinema to audiences in America by introducing a wide-ranging selection of contemporary films in varying genres that cover many current social and cultural themes. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the movies and add their perspectives to current global conversations. The screenings at the BNH will be free for viewing, and guests will be provided to refreshments. 

Several of the movies explore dialogues between the historic upheavals of the twentieth century and the current moment. “Bringing a more unified curatorial voice to the Panorama Europe line up was an interesting challenge. While the films still range in style and subject matter, representing the diversity of the various countries, there were so many opportunities to find resonances between recent films,” says Nellie Killian, the guest curator of this year’s edition of the festival.

Films from the V4 countries -- Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia -- will be screened on the BNH rooftop, and, in case of rain, in the ballroom or cinema. They will include: Case for the New Hangman, which situates the Prague Spring in the realm of the surreal; 5 October, by renowned photographer Martin Kollar capturing his dying brother’s final cross-continental bicycle journey; Silent Night, Piotr Domalewski’s raw, tragicomic Christmas tale which won Best Film, Director, Script, and Actor at this year’s Polish Film Awards; and Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s intimate portrait of contemporary slavery in A Woman Captured.

The tenth anniversary of the film project of Czech Center New York will take place in cooperation with Museum of Moving Image, European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and European Union Delegation to the United Nations. 

Please reserve free tickets for BNH screening here www.czechcenter.com.

See below for full lineup and schedule or visit www.movingimage.us/panoramaeurope2018. 

MoMI has a discount code euro20  for 20% off tickets to any Panorama Europe film.

Silent Night

Tuesday, MAY 22, 2018 at 7:00PM 
Bohemian National Hall

Poland. Director: Piotr Domalewski, 2017, 100 mins
With Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Zietek, Arkadiusz Jakubik.
In Polish with English subtitles.
Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Winner of Best Film, Director, Script, and Actor at this year’s Polish Film Awards, the potent feature debut from Piotr Domalewski heralds the arrival of one of the country’s most accomplished rising stars. On Christmas Eve in a small village, Adam—a young economic migrant who works in the Netherlands—unexpectedly returns home for his large family’s holiday gathering. What the clan doesn’t know is that Adam has an ulterior motive for the visit—one that will force a reckoning with the dark undercurrents of Polish family life. Masterfully balancing raw naturalism with tragicomic humor, “Domalewski’s may be just the voice that Polish cinema needs: quiet, yet persistent—and most of all, not afraid to tell the truth” (Cineuropa).


A Woman Captured

Thursday, MAY 24, 2018 at 7:00PM
Bohemian National Hall

Hungary. Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, 2017, 89 mins.
In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Presented by the Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center New York

With the director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter present at the screening night!

Intense, provocative, and gripping, this true life shocker is a harrowing plunge into the shadowy world of modern slavery. It is an almost unbearably intimate portrait of Marish, whose prematurely weathered face speaks volumes about the hardship she has endured for the past ten years as an indentured servant for the abusive matriarch of a wealthy family, performing backbreaking labor twenty hours a day in exchange for only food, lodging, and cigarettes. What at first seems to be a study in hopelessness gradually transforms into a pulse-pounding documentary thriller as Marish—aided by filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter—plots her escape.

„Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent filmmaker specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. She's been the editor of several international features, shorts and documentaries. She's worked as a director in The CineTrain project in 2013, Russia. Member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. Her first feature length documentary 'A Woman Captured' premiered in IDFA 2017 Main Competition. Tuza-Ritter is especially interested in experimenting with film language, and pushing the boundaries between fiction and documentary. She has experience in working in different countries with international film crews.”


5 October

Tuesday, MAY 29, 2018 at 7:00PM  
Bohemian National Hall

Slovakia/Czech Republic. Director: Martin Kollar, 2016, 50 mins.
In Slovak with English subtitles.

Presented by the Consulate General of Slovakia

Renowned photographer Martin Kollar—whose uncanny images locate moments of everyday life slipping into the surreal—brings his distinctive artistic eye to this mysteriously moving, wordless documentary. October 5 is the date the director’s brother Jan will undergo surgery to remove an enormous facial tumor, an operation that even if successful leaves him with a fifty-fifty chance of survival. Facing his mortality, Jan embarks on a cross-continental road trip of reflection, setting out on his bicycle to find peace amidst the solitude of nature. Told entirely through Kollar’s striking, sometimes enigmatic images, 5 October telegraphs the ineffable strangeness and beauty of the world as viewed through the eyes of a man seeing it anew.


Case for the New Hangman

Thursday, MAY 31, 2018 at 7:00PM  
Bohemian National Hall

Czechoslovakia. Director: Pavel Juracek, 1969, 102 mins. With Lubomir Kostelka, Klara Jernekova, Milena Zahrynowska. 
In Czech with English subtitles.

Presented by the Czech Center New York

This lost classic of the Czech New Wave is a hallucinogenic swirl of Gulliver’s Travels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Kafkaesque surrealism. The freewheeling anti-narrative follows the misadventures of a modern-day Lemuel Gulliver who, after crashing his car, embarks on foot on a nightmarish odyssey that lands him in a strange land where citizens adhere to nonsensical laws and its rulers block out the sun. The satirical allegory was not lost on Czechoslovakia’s Communist government, which banned the film “forever” and effectively ended director Juracek’s career. Nevertheless, this stands as one of the most audacious and visually inventive works to emerge from the short-lived but remarkably fertile Prague Spring.




2018 Panorama Europe Film Festival presenting partners: 

Arts Council Malta in New York

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center New York

Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Consulate General of Estonia

Consulate General of Lithuania 

Consulate General of Portugal

Consulate General of Slovakia

Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A.

Goethe-Institut New York 

Instituto Cervantes

Italian Cultural Institute

Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation USA

Polish Cultural Institute New York



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From: May 1, 2018
To: May 31, 2018


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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