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May 8, 2015 – May 11, 2015

Czech filmmakers have long been recognized for their innovative contributions to international cinema. The legacy of the Czech New Wave, the period of stylistic experimentation and social critique that accompanied political and social reforms in mid-1960s Czechoslovakia, still resonates in a new generation of voices offering skilled takes on diverse genres from comedy to gritty realist drama, from stylish period thrillers to animation, and more. They share, however, a deft eye for lyric beauty and absurdist humor even in the most mundane or difficult circumstances as they probe social and economic conditions and questions of Czech identity and culture. The Northwest Film Center presents this six-film selection of influential and emerging voices in Czech cinema in conjunction with the nationally touring program “Czech That Film,” organized by the Czech Center, New York; Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, D.C.; Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Los Angeles; Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, Portland; and the Czech Society of Oregon. Special thanks to Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, for making these films’ presentation in Portland possible.


Directed by Viktor Taus

Oskar, Max, and Viktor, once a superstar clown trio, split up over a heartbreaking fight. Now they’re paying the price

Fair Play

Directed by Andrea Sedlácková

Anna, a talented young sprinter, is training for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Following official instructions, she takes anabolic steroids


Directed by Ondrej Sokol

A black comedy with a touch of detective genre begins with Michal and Adam, two childhood friends coming back to

To See the Sea

Directed by Jiri Mádl

The charming directorial debut of Jiri Mádl claims instead to be the work of his film’s protagonist, intrepid 12 year

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Václav Havel

Directed by Andrea Sedlácková

The 1989 Velvet Revolution was led by Václav Havel, a playwright and poet who became Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president

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