New Czech Cinema

  • May 6, 2016 — May 14, 2016

logocernaCzech 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 four-film selection of influential and emerging voices in Czech cinema—along with an animation classic—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 Pavol Šepelák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, for making these films’ presentation in Portland possible.

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Gangster Ka

Directed by Jan Pachla

Based on a story by Jaroslav Kmenta, the author of the book Padrino Krejčíř, Gangster Ka tells the story of

Home Care

Directed by Slávek Horák

Writer-director Slávek Horák’s mother, a home care nurse, inspired the central character of this insightful feature debut. Working in the

Schmitke

Schmitke

Directed by Stepan Altrichter

Based on the short story “Julius Schmitke”, Schmitke blends mystery with comedy on a remote mystic land, exposing the inner

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

Directed by Karel Zeman

Originally released in the United States in 1961, Zeman’s classic film is based on Jules Verne’s nineteenth-century tale of a

The Way Out

Directed by Petr Václav

Winner of seven Czech Lions including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Klaudia Dudová), the story follows Žaneta and