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Oct 23, 2009 12:00 AM - Oct 29, 2009 12:00 AM

The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema since the Velvet Revolution

Join Lincoln Center in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution at a retrospective of Czech films from 1989 to the present, plus 60s sidebar. Works by successive waves of filmmakers reveal the longings and reversals that have brought Czechs together—or torn them apart—in the wake of free-market democracy. The totalitarian nightmare ended two decades ago, but private and shared dreams have often proven elusive, and it’s this slippery business that informs our collection and links its complicities and betrayals. As the title Ironic Curtain suggests, the crack between post-Communist expectation and reality has caught Czech storytellers in its absurdity and made room for irony to thrive. But not without the hallmark humanism that has traditionally velveted their jest. Curated by Laura Blum in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema since the Velvet Revolution

October 23-29
The Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center, 165 W 65th Street, Lincoln Center, Upper Level Plaza

 For tickets & more information please visit www.filmlinc.com  & www.czechcenter.com



Citizen Havel / Občan Havel  Pavel Koutecký and Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic, 2008; 120m. The private and public life of dissident playwright-turned-president Václav Havel.  Fri Oct 23: 6:30pm


Divided We Fall / Musíme si pomáhat  Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic, 2000; 122m.  Humor is rarely blacker than in this boudoir drama set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.  Nominated for an Oscar. Sun Oct 25: 2:20pm; Wed Oct 28: 6:15pm


Empties / Vratné lahve Jan Svĕrák, Czech Republic / UK, 2007; 100m.  Following the Oscar-winning Kolya in 1996, father-and-son team Zdenĕk and Jan Svĕrák returned with a bittersweet smash hit. Sat Oct 24: 6:00pm; Wed Oct 28: 2:15pm


The Ferrari Dino Girl / Holka Ferrari Dino  Jan Nĕmec, Czech Republic, 2009; 68m.  Seminal New Wave director Jan Nĕmec’s autobiographical thriller includes his original footage of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague. Don’t miss it. FAMU dean Pavel Jech to introduce. Screening with:

The Kind Revolution / Nĕžná revoluce  Jíří Střecha and Petr Slavík, Czech Republic, 1990; 37m.  The first film to document the Velvet Revolution. Q&A with UN Amb. Martin Palouš. Fri Oct 23: 2:00pm; Sun Oct 25: 7:00pm


The Return of the Idiot / Návrat idiota  Saša Gedeon, Czech Republic / Germany, 1999; 100m. This loose adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot follows a wise fool who leaves an asylum and enters the lives of four romantically linked friends.

Q&A with Ana Geislerová. Screening with:

Czech Peace / Ceský mir  Filip Remunda and Vit Klusák, Czech Republic , 2004; 19m. The merry pranksters behind Czech Dream present a sneak preview of their newest documentary, a pre-war comedy about recent U.S. plans to install a radar base on Czech soil. Sat Oct 24: 8:00pm; Tue Oct 27: 4:00pm


Some Secrets / V let  Alice Nellis, Czech Republic / Slovakia, 2002; 93m. Personal and political histories intertwine during a family road trip to scatter a patriarch’s ashes over the Czech-Slovak border.  Inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Singer/actor Iva Bittová to introduce. Sun Oct 25: 4:45pm; Wed Oct 28: 4:15pm


Something Like Happiness / Štĕstí  Bohdan Sláma, Czech Republic  / Germany, 2005; 102m. Three friends grapple with loneliness and unrequited desires. Q&A with Aňa Geislerová. Fri Oct 23: 9:10pm; Thu Oct 29: 2:15pm


The Karamazovs / Karamazovi  Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic / Poland, 2008; 100m. A Czech theater troupe stages

The Brothers Karamazov like never before, at a Polish steelworks. Q&A with Petr Zelenka. Thu Oct 29: 6:15pm


The Cremator / Spalovač mrtvol  Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 1969; 95m. What better way to ring in Halloween than with this creepy black comedy set in a Czech crematorium in the ’30s? A masterwork well worth discovering. Tue Oct 27: 9:00pm


Daisies / Sedmikrásky  Vĕra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966; 74m. A surrealist romp and a keystone of the Czech New Wave. Michal Bregant, dean of FAMU International, to introduce. Tue Oct 27: 2:15pm; Thu Oct 29: 8:50pm


Loves of a Blonde / Lásky jedné plavovlásky  Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965; 88m. This gently rebellious satire breaks with Socialist realism to take a Truffaut-esque look at young adult life. Nominated for an Oscar. Screening with:

The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia / Konec stalinismu v Čechách  Jan Švankmajer, UK, 1990; 10m. Working in stop-motion claymation and documentary, the master image-maker surveys Czech history. Fri Oct 23 4:15pm; Wed Oct 28: 8:40pm


Voyage to the End of the Universe / Ikarie XB 1 Jindric h Polák, Czechoslovakia, 1963; 87m. Czechoslovakia’s maiden foray into sci fi inspired Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sun Oct 25: 9:15pm; Thu Oct 29: 4:20pm


Ecstasy / Extase  Gustav Machatý, Czechoslovakia / Austria, 1933; 87m. An unhappily married Eva falls for a seductive young Adam in this “adult” classic that made Hedy Lamarr a succès de scandale prior to Hollywood. Sun Oct 25: 12:30pm.


Opening and Closing Night: Reception to follow, catered by the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden and Pilsner Urquell




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From: Oct 23, 2009 12:00 AM
To: Oct 29, 2009 12:00 AM


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