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Aug 9, 2011 8:15 PM - 9:45 PM

Summer on the Roof - Zelary

SUMMER ON THE ROOF - Film screening on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. Every Tuesday JUNE-AUGUST. Admission Free. Starts at dusk.

Come and enjoy Czech films and Manhattan views on the Rooftop of the Czech Center New York
-Every Tuesday at dusk (doors open at 7pm)
-All films are in Czech with English subtitles
-Free admission
-Capacity is limited and seating is on a first come - first served basis. We don't take reservations
-In case of bad weather films will be screened at the Czech Center Cinema on the 1st Floor


Director: Ondrej Trojan, 2004, 148 min.
In Czech with English subtitles
Cast: Ana Geislerova, Gyrgy Cserhalmi, Jaroslava Adamov, Miroslav Donutil, ...

It is the 1940s and the Czech lands have been occupied by the Nazis. Eliska is a young woman who was unable to complete medical school because the Germans closed the universities and now works as a nurse in a city hospital. She is also involved in the resistance movement along with her lover, the surgeon Richard, and their friend Dr. Chldek.

One night, a man from a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliska is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life and a connection is formed between the two that in the course of the story becomes an extraordinarily strong relationship between the modern, cosmopolitan, and educated Eliska and the barbaric, salt of the earth man with the soul of a child, Joza.

The resistance group that the doctors are involved in is discovered and hunted by the Gestapo and suddenly their lives are threatened. While Eliska's lover, Richard, flees the country overnight, the group quickly has to find a different safe haven for her. They ask Joza, the patient whose life she saved with her blood, to hide her in his remote mountain cabin. Eliska is forced to leave her urban life and all at once become a new woman: Hana, the wife of a mountain man. Her new home is the wild mountain village where time stopped one hundred and fifty years ago called Zelary.

Zelary tells the story of a clash between two different worlds and two different people. It is the story of an extraordinary relationship, of fear, misgivings, suspicion and especially of the love that forms out of antagonism between Eliska/Hana and Joza; a love born of the common will to survive. Zelary is also the story of a beautiful corner of the Earth where everything lives in accordance with nature and her often cruel and timeless laws that humans must adapt to and honor. Eliska, in spite of setbacks, but with great fervor, tries to learn this. Last but not least, Zelary is also a dramatic story filled with unexpected twists of fate that takes place in a God-forsaken part of Europe surrounded by the storm of war.

The movie received a 2004 Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign category.



1.         Free Admission

2.         Doors open at 7pm, film starts at dusk

3.         Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

4.         Maximum occupancy capacity of the rooftop is determined by the NYC Fire Department

5.         The doors of the building will be closed after the maximum capacity is reached

6.         Visitors are not permitted to reserve empty seats for other persons

7.         In case of inclement weather forecast or weather conditions the film screening will be moved to the Cinema on the 1st floor. The same rules apply

8.         Organizer reserves the right to refuse entry or expel any person who fails to comply with the Rules of Conduct  or whose behavior is unacceptable
9.         Organizer reserves the right to change/add to these rules without notice



321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Aug 9, 2011 8:15 PM - 9:45 PM


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