New Czech Cinema

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

Gypsy

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