Directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Jan Sverak (Kolya)
Sunday, April 10th, 7pm
3 Czech Oscars - 2017: Audience Award, Best Cinematography, Best Support Actor
ËBarefoot (is a) beautiful piece of nostalgia shot entirely from a little boyâ€™s perspective, one that never makes a misstep.Ë ~Deborah Young, film critic, Hollywood Reporter Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy named Eda opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, Eda finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times. Along the way, Edaâ€™s innocent perspective of the world contrasts with the shadow of World War II weighing heavily upon the country.
Directed by Bohdan SlaÌma
Saturday, April 17th, 7pm
6 Czech Oscars: Best Film, Best Director (Bohdan SlaÌma) , Best Actor (Pavel NovyÌ) , Best Actress (Zuzana KronerovaÌ), Best Supporting Actress (Petra SÌŒpalkovaÌ), Best Screenplay (Bohdan SlaÌma) Best Screenplay - Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Is it possible to break out of oneâ€™s routine and head into a new direction late in life? Sixty-year-old Hana is unexpectedly given the impulse to do just that when she meets her contemporary BroÅˆa. He encourages her to take up physical conditioning, especially swimming. Hanaâ€™s grown-up sons have been brazenly abusing her generosity for years. They feel that their motherâ€™s new friend could jeopardize their power position. The prospect of a new romance with a hardy non-conformist, who arrives at a family lunch with a hen friend called Adele, finally goads Hana into changing the established order. In his new tragicomedy,director Bohdan SlÃ¡ma continues to examine familiar themes â€“ broken family relationships, the quest for love and happiness, and the charactersâ€™ ability to transform their lives. Ice Mother received a best screenplay award at theTribeca Film Festival in New York.
Directed by David Mrnka **director in attendance**
Friday, April 24, 7:00PM, reception from 6:30pm
Top Czech Drama of 2017 â€” 2 Czech Oscars
Milada is a historical drama based on the true story of Milada HorÃ¡kovÃ¡, a woman executed on the basis of fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason in a political show trial by the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia. Set against the complex, political landscapes of post-WWII, Milada tells the story of a strong woman, a heroine fighting for democracy, who survived imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps only to be arrested and executed by the Communists in 1950. Milada HorÃ¡kovÃ¡ moved amid some of the greatest minds of her time and inspired those who met her. Her execution shook the world and triggered powerful and fervent responses from many nations and renowned individuals across the globe â€“ Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few. The film, shot at many authentic locations, such as the courtroom where Milada stood 68 years ago, illuminates idealism and shocking tragedy.