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June 12, 2014 – June 15, 2014

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, gritty realist drama, and 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. We are pleased to present 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. Our special thanks go to Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, for making these films’ Portland presentation possible.

Colette

Directed by Milan Cieslar

Renowned Czech author Arnošt Lustig’s novel Colette draws on his personal experience at a Nazi concentration camp and the recollection of

Honeymoon

Directed by Jan Hrebejk

A picture-perfect wedding in the Czech countryside takes an unwelcome turn when a black-clad figure crashes the celebration. The mysterious

Kooky

Directed by Jan Svěrák

Sverak’s charming family film combines puppet animation, stop-motion, and live-action to tell the story of a young man with asthma

Like Never Before

Directed by Zdeněk Tyc

Dying artist Vladimír Holas wants his last days to be spent in his summer home in the countryside. Joining him

Lousy Bastards

Directed by Roman Kašparovský

VISITING ARTIST—Mikuláš is a neurosurgeon in Prague facing problems with drinking and his love life. His estranged brother Richard, an

The Don Juans

Directed by Jiří Menzel

In this clever combination of comedy and drama, opera and cinema, a small-town opera company decides to put on Mozart’s



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