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June 6, 2013 – June 9, 2013

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 among the most mundane or difficult circumstances, as they probe social and economic conditions, the legacy of Communism, 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” presented by Staropramen. Our special thanks go to Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, for making their Portland presentation possible.

Alois Nebel

Directed by Tomáš Luňák

Based on the graphic novel trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír Svejdík, this superbly atmospheric rotoscope animation employs noirish black-and-white

Flower Buds

Directed by Zdenek Jiráský

Winner of four top Czech film prizes, FLOWER BUDS is a grimly comedic family drama set in a small, blue-collar town. Jarda


Directed by Martin Sulík

When his father is killed and his loan-shark uncle becomes head of the family, a Roma boy is caught between

In the Shadow

Directed by David Ondříček

In 1950s Prague, police detective Hakl is investigating a jewelry store heist, until East German State police specialist Zenke arrives

Men in Hope

Directed by Jiří Vejdělek

In a world of alluring temptations, men can make a bad decision. A stimulating take on the challenges inherent in

The House

Directed by Zuzana Liová

Remarkable for its depth of characterization, this sensitively observed, intelligently made realist tale of generational conflict is set in a

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.