The Film Society presents Czech That Film, a festival of the best contemporary Czech films held throughout the United States every year. The 2017 slate treats audiences to a collection of new Czech cinema, ranging from clever dark comedies (The Tiger, The Teacher), a stop-motion animated Hans Christian Andersen adaptation (Little From the Fish Shop), an award-winning art house film based on a shocking mass murder (I, Olga Hepnarova), a chilling psychological thriller (The Noonday Witch), and an intense familial crime drama (The Snake Brothers).
To complement Czech That Film, the Film Society is screening HBO Europe’s acclaimed 8-part Czech miniseries Wasteland in its entirety August 28-31. One of HBO Europe’s most ambitious projects, Wasteland is a long-form piece of cinematic storytelling that builds to a searing conclusion that will resonate long after the final frame. Audiences can see all 8 episodes and select their screenings by getting a Wasteland Pack, or by purchasing tickets to individual screening blocks.
All films presented with English subtitles
Schedule of Films
Friday, August 25, 7:00pm | Original Title: Teorie tygra
Director: Radek Bajgar | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Czech Republic | Language: Czech
One of the year’s most successful Czech films, this tragicomedy follows 60-year-old Jan who comes to a fateful decision to escape his every-day life following the voluntary death of his father-in-law… read more.
The Noonday Witch
Friday, August 25, 9:30pm | Original Title: Polednice
Director: Jirí Sádek | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Czech Republic | Language: Czech
Eliška and her eight year old daughter. move into a remote house to begin their new life with the ‘father away on business’, as the mother claims. However, when the daughter discovers the truth and realizes her own mother lied to her all along, their relationship begins to wither… read more.
Little From the Fish Shop
Saturday, August 26, 5:45pm | Original Title: Malá z rybárny
Director: Jan Balej | Narrative | 2015 | Country: Czech Republic, France, Slovakia | Language: Czech, English, French
Everyone’s familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, but in this new work filled with wonderful animation and puppet designs, the fairy-tale romance is replaced with a bleak portrayal of life in a city harbour… read more.
I, Olga Hepnarova
Saturday, August 26, 7:30pm | Original Title: Já, Olga Hepnarová
Director: Tomas Weinreb, Petr Kazda | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France, Slovakia | Language: Czech
Winner of numerous awards, this acclaimed art film delves into the story of Olga Hepnarova murderer of eight people with a truck in 1973, and the last person to be executed in the Czech Republic… read more.
Sunday, August 27, 1:15pm | Original Title: Ucitelka
Director: Jan Hrebejk | Narrative | 2015 | Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic | Language: Slovak
Since the arrival of teacher Maria Drazechova to a suburban school in Bratslava, life has turned upside down for both the students and parents. Despite Maria’s power in the Communist Party, the town bands together to take action in this award-winning comedy drama… read more.
The Snake Brothers
Sunday, August 27, 4:00pm | Original Title: Kobry a užovky
Director: Jan Prušinovský | Narrative | 2015 | Country: Czech Republic | Language: Czech
In this seriocomic story rife with rough humor and a distinctly sardonic tone, the relationship between two ragged thirty-something siblings (played by real life brothers) is put to the test… read more.
August 28-31 | Original Title: Pustina
Director: Alice Nellis, Ivan Zachariás | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Czech Republic | Language: Czech
Special Four-Day Miniseries Marathon! Faced with a decision to either sell their land to a coal company or stick by a mayor desperate to maintain their traditional way of life, a northern Czech town is torn apart by ambition, greed, and buried secrets. One of HBO Europe’s most ambitious projects, this 8-part miniseries is a long-form piece of cinematic storytelling that builds to a searing conclusion that will resonate long after the final frame… read more