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Jun 2, 2015 7:00 PM

Tuesday Film Club: The Way Out

Part of Panorama Europe Film Festival. The Way Out (Cesta ven), directed by Petr Václav, 2014, 103 min., English subtitles.


The Way Out is a story of a young Roma (gypsy) woman, Žaneta, trying to lead a ‘normal’ life in a constant battle against prejudice and her own community’s entrenched, hostile behavior. Žaneta and her husband David are a young Romani couple bringing up little Janička. They are trying to live a decent and dignified life but they can’t seem to escape the ‘Romani social trap’ which is racism, exclusion from being able to obtain legal work, the lack of required qualifications, difficult communication with officials, mounting debts and the miserable life conditions connected with the environment, lifestyle and traditional values of their ethnicity. David wants to protect his family, even at the expense of committing a crime. But Žaneta finds inner strength to find a different ‘way out’.

Petr Václav depicts a marginalized society so conditioned by stereotyping that it becomes impossible to break away from unfavorable conditions. It was selected as the best Czech film of 2014 and winner of several Czech Lion Awards 2014 including Best Czech film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Actress for Klaudia Dudova.


FREE ADMISSION. Seating is on a first-come, fist-served basis.

What the critics said:
This film is a great portrayal of the desperate fight of a smart and loving woman who is driven by her needs for independence and justice. -SERGEI LOZNITSA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE JURY, 7TH EDITION OF CINEAST

 The Way Out reflects the topic of marginalisation and ethnic discrimination in a non-judgemental style, handling not only the characters’ day-to-day struggles, but also their vices through the sober lens of an insider, as only a field worker who knows them personally could. -CINEUROPA 

The film will be also screend at the MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE on Friday, June 5, 7PM - more info

Co-presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Panorama Europe is a unique showcase of sixteen contemporary European features. Panorama Europe gives New York audiences what may be their only chance to see acclaimed films from the festival circuit on the big screen. This year’s festival will take place at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and at the Bohemian National Hall (Czech Center) in Manhattan. 

A Panorama Europe Festival pass, good for admission to all films, is available for $40.


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Jun 2, 2015 7:00 PM


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