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21 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015

The Cremator - Screenings with a book launch

Czech Center Tel Aviv invites you to a book launch of The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks in hebrew, screenings of the movie and Q&A with translator Pierre Peer Friedmann.



Directed by: Juraj Herz
Cast: Rudolf Hrusinský, Vlasta Chramostova, Jana Stehnova
Year: 1969
Language: Czech
Subtitles: Hebrew
Runtime: 128 min

Screenings with a book launch and Q&A with translator Pierre Peer Friedmann:

 Jerusalem: 21. 8. at 14:00
Tel Aviv: 22. 8. at 20:30 

The story is set in 1930s Prague, where the cremator Karel Kopfrkingl lives and works. He enjoys his work at the crematorium perhaps a bit too much, having gained a perverse idea of reincarnation from his haphazard studies of Tibet. When World War II breaks out, there is a sudden need to be as Aryan as possible, and Kopfrkingl's old friend Reinke points out that Kopfrkingl has some German heritage. But his wife is Jewish, which makes his children Jewish, which makes the now-Nazi Kopfrkingl's blood boil...

Well praised from movie critics, The Cremator is considered to be one of the best movies ever made in Czechoslovakia. It combines features from black comedy and horror and it is often recognized as a follower of German Expressionist film as well as an example of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The film was selected as the Czechoslovakian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee. It was banned and remained in the vault until the collapse of the communist system in Czechoslovakia in 1989. 

The screenplay was written by Juraj Herz and Ladislav Fuks, based on a novel by Fuks that was recetnly translated to Hebrew and will be available for sale before and after screenings.


Pierre Pe’er Friedmann is a translator and literary critic. He studied literature at the Tel Aviv University, where he wrote a master’s thesis on Karel Čapek. He wrote regularly for Maariv Newspaper and Time Out Magazine. After moving to Prague, where he currently resides, he studied Czech language and literature at the Charles University. Over the past years, he translated the works of Jáchym Topol, Karel Čapek and Ladislav Fuks, as well as short stories by various authors and two diaries from Terezín. He teaches Hebrew language and literature and contribute articles to leading Czech newspapers, mainly about Israeli literature.


Jeruzalém, Tel Aviv


From: 21 Aug 2015
To: 22 Aug 2015


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