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13 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019

Czech Film Week 2019

The screening of the best Czech films is coming to Israel for the tenth time! Czech Center Tel Aviv together with Czech House Jerusalem amd the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Israel again offers the best of Czech cinematography. And since this year we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, we called this year's film show "From Freedom to Freedom". From 13 to 31 August, viewers in five Israeli cities – Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot and Herzliya – will be able to watch seven films, two from the 1960s and five created after 1989, including brand new films from 2019. Also this year we are bringing exclusive guests, including actress star Iva Janžurová, who will open the festival in person with the film Shotgun Justice, and outstanding Alois Švehlík, who shines in this year's film On the Roof.


Diamonds of the night   

 Czechoslovakia 1964. Drama, 64min

The film tells a story of two nameless boys who escaped from the transport to a concentration camp. The authors very suggestively and with an original artistic power express the states and feelings of people fighting for life in the marginal situation. Real events and visions intertwine, with the boundaries between them deliberately blurred. In the repeated projections of dreams, fears, and desires all human, with the increasing threat of pressure, slowly recedes to the animal. The two boys become hunted animals chased by senile men of the Sudeten village. Leitmotif is a desire for safety, presented as a desire for home. Němec's feature debut belongs to the absolute top of Czech cinematography.

Director: Jan Němec
Screenplay: Jan Němec, Arnošt Lustig
Director of Photography: Jaroslav Kučera, Miroslav Ondříček
Cast: Ladislav Janský, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofová, Ivan Asič, August Bischof, Josef Koblížek, Josef Koggel and more.

Screening: 

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
26.8, at 20:15 21.8, at 20:45 15.8, at 18:30 27.8, at 19:30 21.8. at 19:00




Intimate Lighting   

Czechoslovakia, 1965. Drama, 71min

In this distinctive sad comedy, two classmates, both musicians, meet in a small town after ten years. While the first one hasn’t  settled yet and is enjoying freedom and an attractive girlfriend, the other one has to play even at funerals to support the family. The meeting will lead them to the evaluation of their lives. This remarkable film of the so-called New Czech Wave of the 1960s, as well as the feature-length debut of screenwriter and director Ivan Passer, has been ranked among the top ten domestic movies of all time, but was banned for more than 20 years by the communist régime.

Director: Ivan Passer
Sreenplay: Jaroslav Papoušek, Václav Šašek, Ivan Passer
Director of Photography: Josef Střecha, Miroslav Ondříček
Cast: Karel Blažek, Zdeněk Bezušek, Věra Křesadlová, Jan Vostrčil, Jaroslava Štědrá, Vlastimila Vlková, Karel Uhlík and more.

Screening: 

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
31.8, at 16:30 29.8, at 19:00 22.8, at 18:30 none 19.8, at 19:00

 

 


Sekal has to die                                              

Czech Republic / France / Poland / Slovakia, 1998. Drama, 109min

A drama from the summer of 1943, when occupied Czechoslovakia featured on the maps as the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, takes place in the Moravian village of Lakotice, where there is no single German and where the war events don‘t seem to have reached. Peasant Jura Baran, prosecuted by the Gestapo, fled to hide in Lakotice. As a foreigner, he has no trust of the locals. Lakotice is a hamlet of a few buildings and twelve rich farms scattered around, whose owners live in fear of Sekal. He's an illegitimate son from one farm and has had a hard childhood of a bastard, whom everyone despises, nothing belongs to him and a decent girl doesn‘t even notice him. But finally his time has come with the Protectorate. 

Director: Vladimír Michálek
Screenplay: Jiří Křižan
Director of Photography: Martin Štrba
Cast: Olaf Lubaszenko, Bogusław Linda, Jiří Bartoška, Agnieszka Sitek, Vlasta Chramostová, Ľudovít Cittel, Martin Sitta and more.

Screening: 

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
23.8, at 16:00 31.8, at 18:00 26.8, at 20:30 none 20.8, at 19:00



Barefoot                                         

Czech Republic / Slovakia 2017. Drama, Comedy 111min

It’s a story of eight-year-old Eda, who was forced to move with his family from Prague to their relatives from countryside during the Protectorate. The little village, place of his usual holiday suddenly has become his home. The young urban family has to adapt to the new surroundings, as well as to live together under one roof with aunt and her relatives, including a very strict grandfather. Eda has a difficult task ahead: to find and defend his place in a local boy gang whose world is totally different from the urban one. He has to seek his courage and reveal unexpected family secrets. 

Director: Jan Svěrák
Screenplay: Jan Svěrák, Zdeněk Svěrák
Director of Photography: Vladimír Smutný
Cast: Ondřej Vetchý, Tereza Voříšková, Alois Grec, Jan Tříska, Viera Pavlíková, Oldřich Kaiser, Zuzana Stivínová and more

Screening: 

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
20.8, at 18:00 23.8, at 21:30 19.8, at 18:00 none 18.8, at 21:15

 

 


Winter Flies                                        

Czech Republic / Slovenia / Poland / Slovakia¨2018. Road movie / Drama / Komedie, 85 min

A typical outsider, fourteen-year-old Mára, and his friend, 12-year-old Heduš, decide to make their way to freedom. Mára steals a car and with his trouble he amazes a young hitchhiker. All of them are on the run, on an adventurous journey, enjoying a sudden feeling of freedom they may never experience again. Until the moment Mára is caught. The police interrogate him and we, along with them, hesitate about what is a reality and what a fictional boy world, what is the truth and what the fantasy… This Czech Road movie drama by Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu has won the Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and 6 Czech Lion Awards.

Director: Olmo Olmerzu
Screenplay: Petr Pýcha
Director of Photography: Lukáš Milota
Cast: Tomáš Mrvík, Jan František Uher, Eliška Křenková, Zdeněk Mucha, Lenka Vlasáková, Martin Pechlát, Štěpán Kozub and more

Screening:

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
18.8, at 20:45 24.8, at 18:00 25.8, at 18:00 29.8, at 21:15 14.8, at 19:00

 

 


On the Roof                                     

Czech Republic 2019. Drama / Comedy, 97min

Professor Rypar provides a temporary refuge for Song, a young Vietnamese whom he found hidden on the roof of his home. But is it even possible for two so different people share one place without making it disaster? Will their insolent plan help them? The coexistence of a grudging old man, angry at the whole world, which is inconceivably escaping him, and a young man who seeks a way out of a desperate situation in an unfamiliar city, brings many friction surfaces, tragicomic situations, and surprising ideas and solutions. 

Director: Jiří Mádl
Screenplay: Jiří Mádl
Director of Photography: Martin Žiaran
Cast: Alois Švehlík, Duy Anh Tran, Mary Bartalos, Vojtěch Dyk, Adrian Jastraban, David Švehlík, Radek Zima, and more.

Screening: 

Cinematheque Haifa  Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
*21.8, at 18:30 24.8, at 20:30 *20.8, at 18:45 none *22.8, at 21:00

*Screening with special guest: Main actor of the movie Alois Švehlík

 



Shotgun Justice                           

Czech Republic 2019. Comedy /Drama, 95min

A black comedy about Mary (played by Czech movie star Iva Janžurová), a retired teacher who once says she doesn't want to feel like a cow anymore. She decides to realize what most of us sometimes think of, but but we immediately repudiate the idea. She gets a gun and points it at the architect of the local evil. At the price of her own sacrifice, she tries to help others. But Mary finds that, just as murder is complicated morally, it is difficult to practice.

Director: Radek Bajgar
Screenplay: Radek Bajgar
Director of Photography: Lukáš Hyksa
Cast: Iva Janžurová, Martin Hofmann, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Pavel Liška, Eva Holubová, Jana Plodková, Kristína Svarinská, and more.

Screening:

Cinematheque  Haifa   Cinematheque Herzeliya Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque Sderot Cinematheque Tel Aviv
*15.8, at 18:30 17.8, at 20:30 *14.8, at 20:30 25.8, at 19:15 *13.8, at 20:30

*Screening with special guest: Main actress of the movie Iva Janžurová

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks: We would like to thank Mr. Ivan (Joel) Hajoš for his priceless help with movies from the 60s of the 20th century.


Partners of the event: 

     

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Venue:

Cinematheque Haifa, Herzeliya, Jerusalem, Sderot, Tel Aviv

Date

From: 13 Aug 2019
To: 31 Aug 2019

Organizer:

Czech Centre


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