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Sep 13, 2016 7:00 PM


FILM SCREENING. A tragi-comedy about an elderly man, a veterinarian, who realizes that he used to be a tiger, he was free, had dreams and now wants it all back. “Even tame men can go wild.”


Director: Radek Bajgar 2016, 101 mins

Jan (Jiří Bartoška), a veterinarian, has had enough. The last drop was the death of his father-in-law who, just like him, ran out of strength and patience. Everything in his life, old age and finally even his death, the manner and the place of his grave, had always been decided on by the grandmother (Iva Janžurová). She never listened to any of his wishes and desires’, thinking that only she knew what was best for him. And so, quite unfortunately for him, she took the best care she thought he needed.

It dawned on Jan that he is on the same path. His wife Olga (Eliška Balzerová) follows the same rule of a small yard and a long whip and is persuaded that she alone is responsible for her husband’s happiness. Jan realizes that he cannot and does not want to go on like this. If he does not do anything, he will end up like his father-in-law. One day he finds a way to break free and regain control over his life. His revolt is quite unconventional. The initial inspiration comes from his patient, a parrot with suspected Alzheimer disease. It is also thanks to this parrot that Jan decides to set out on a journey to fulfill what he thinks are his dreams. Of course such a journey cannot be easy, it includes a flock of goats, later on a herd of cows, a psychiatric hospital, a ride on a raft and life on a boat.

Jan’s journey to freedom influences the lives of his children and their partners. His daughter Olinka (Táňa Vilhelmová) has taken over her mother’s method while his daughter-in-law Alena (Pavla Beretová) manages to resist the pressure of the family tradition and choses her own way – more liberal, modern, human. Each approach has a corresponding effect on their partners (Jiří Havelka, Jakub Kohák).


RADEK BAJGAR (1962), (scriptwriter, director)
Born in Kroměříž. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno (General Medicine) and worked in the field till 1989. He became a journalist in 1990, a pressman in the Reflex magazine. He studied at the Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in 1990-1992 (Documentary). In 1992-1993 he worked as the chief editor of the weekly magazine Reflex where he returned in 2004 as a reporter and in 2015 accepted the positon of the chief editor again. In 1994 he became the chief editor of The Current Affairs dept. at TV NOVA (the author of the programmes Na Vlastní oči /With your own eyes/, Občanské judo /Public judo/, etc.) where he worked on different positions too. On the programme With your own eyes he participated as a reporter, director and host.  He is also the author and producer of the first Czech daily series Ulice (The Street, 2005). From 2007 to 2012 he was director of the Format Development dept. at TV NOVA. In 2008 he became the Creative Producer and brought to television screens series such as Expozitura (Brach office, 2008), Dokonalý svět (The Perfect World, 2010), Soukromé pasti (Private Traps, 2008), etc. As a director he started with a romantic drama Villa Faber (2011, television film) and continued with a comedy television series Neviditelní (The Invisible (2014). In 2012 he founded a production company named Logline Production which also produced The Tiger Theory, a film he co-wrote and directed. The Tiger Theory is his cinematographic debut.

JIŘÍ BARTOŠKA (1947), part: Jan
Born in Děčín. After graduating from grammar school in Pardubice and Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno he spent a further year there working in the Husa na provázku (Goose on a String) theatre. He left in 1973 to join the Činoherní studio (Drama Studio) in Ústí nad Labem which he left in 1978 to enter the ensemble of Divadlo na zábradlí in Prague. Since 1991 he has been performing in the Divadlo Bez zábradlí theatre. He first appeared on the movie scene in 1975 in the psychological drama Hřiště (Playground). He became very popular after filming the adventurous trilogy based on the books by Eduard Štorch Osada havranů (Raven Settlement), Na veliké řece (At the Great River) and Volání rodu (Call of the Tribe, 1977) and the famous television series Sanitka (The Ambulance,1984) and Cirkus Humberto (The Cirque Humberto, 1988). He is an accomplished television and film actor. The Czech audience is well acquainted with his charismatic voice from travel and documentary films. In 1994 he became director of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary which he, together with Czech leading film critic Eva Zaoralová, has given its current image. He received the prestigious Czech acting award Český lev for the best male performance in a supporting role in a drama about the fate of a jewish family during the holocaust Všichni moji blízcí (All My Loved Ones, 1999) filmed by Matej Mináč. Some of his filmography: Stíny horkého léta (Shadows of a Hot Summer, 1977, a war ballad), dramas Jen o rodinných záležitostech (About Family Affairs Only, 1990) and Hřbitov pro cizince (A Cemetery of Strangers, 1991, television film), Je třeba zabít Sekala (Sekal has to die, 1997, a war drama), Příběhy obyčejného šílenství (Wrong Side Up, 2005, a tragicomedy), Anděl páně (An Angel of the Lord, 2005, a fairytale), romantic comedies Líbáš jako Bůh (You Kiss Like a God, 2009) and Líbáš jako ďábel (You Kiss Like a Devil, 2012). 

ELIŠKA BALZEROVÁ (1949), part: Olga
Born in Vsetín. Her love for theatre was passed onto her from her mother who was a dedicated amateur. After gratuating from the acting class at the conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno in 1971 she accepted her first engagement in the Southbohemain theatre in České Budějovice. Starting 1977, she was member of the emsemble of the Vinohradské divadlo for twenty years, taking occasional guest appearances in the National theatre. In 1998 she and her colleague, also an actor, Tomáš Töpfer re-opened the Divadlo na Fidlovačce which she became the director of in 2012. She made her first appearance on screen in a crazy crimi-comedy by Václav Vorlíček Kaktus, bomba, letadlo (Cactus, Bomb, Airplane, television film, 1969). She is one of the most frequently cast actresses, successful in dubbing, starred in various television series and films, her popularity rocketed after her performance in the legendary series Nemocnice na kraji města (The Hospital on the Edge of Town, 1977, sequel 2003). She received the prestigious film award Český lev for the best actress in a supporting role for a distinctive character named Vilma, an eccentric lady – former actress in the comedy Ženy v pokušení (Women In Temptation, 2010) directed by Jiří Vejdělek. Selected filmography: a poetic drama Zlatí úhoři (Golden Eels, 1979, television film), a widely favoured comedy Vrchní, prchni (Run, Waiter, Run, 1980), a cult family comedy S tebou mě baví svět (With You the World Is Fun, 1982), a retro drama Pěsti ve tmě (Fists In the Dark, 1986), a drama Městem chodí Mikuláš (St. Nicholas Is In Town, 1992, television film), a tragicomedy Láska je láska (Love Is Love, 2012).

TATIANA VILHELMOVÁ (1978), part: Olinka
Born in Prague. From the age of ten to nineteen, she dedicated herself to ballet and recitation in the Czech Philharmonic children’s choir. Then she was accepted to the Prague conservatory (acting class) which she did not finish. From 2002 to 2014 she was a member of the  Dejvické divadlo ensemble where she appears in guest roles to this day. Her first public appearance was a part in a television series by Karel Kachyňa called Prima sezóna (The Swell Season, 1994) that was shortly after followed by her debut film role in an original drama Indiánské léto (The Indian Summer) filmed by Saša Gedeon (1995). She also starred in the same director’s next project, Návrat idiota (The Idiot Returns, 1995). Among her further apperances is a part in a cult tragicomedy by David Ondříček Samotáři (Loners, 2000) or in a widely favoured comedy by Jan Svěrák Vratné láhve (Returnable Bottles, 2006). In 2003 she was introduced at the renowned Berlin festival as a young talented actress in the project Shooting stars. She is one of the leading actresses in film and television. She received the prestigious Czech film award Český lev for the best performance in the woman’s leading role for the part of Monika, a girl who is forced to take care of her best friend’s children, in Bohdan Sláma’s tragicomedy Štěstí (Something Like Happiness, 2005). A selection of her recent film projects: a tragicomedy Díra u Hanušovic (Hole in Hanušovice, 2014), drama Domácí péče (Home Care, 2015) or an animated film Malý pán (The Little Man, 2015) where her voice can be heard.

JAKUB KOHÁK (1974), part: Josef
Born in Prague. He graduated from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) where he studied production. He is well known not only as an actor, a comedian but also as a director of television commercials and video-clips. As an actor he took part in films such as Čert ví proč (The Devil knows why, fairy-tale, 2003), U mě dobrý (I’m all good, comedy, 2008), Hlídač č. 47 (Watchman No.47, drama, 2008) or comedies Okresní přebor - Poslední zápas Pepika Hnátka (The County Championship - The Last Match of Pepík Hnátek, 2012) and Vejška (Prague Cans, 2014). He last appeared in the comedy Dvojníci (Lookalikes, 2016). He prepared a sketch show Pečený sněhulák (Baked Snowman, 2014) for the Czech television in which he participated not only as an actor but also as a director. Radio listeners can listen to him daily on the Evropa 2 station where stands up for their rights as the so called "Bombudsman".




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Sep 13, 2016 7:00 PM


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