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Czech Films at the 58th London Film Festival

8 SEPTEMBER 2014 - At this year’s BFI London Film Festival Czech film is represented by a compelling sports drama set in Communist Czechoslovakia called Fair Play and Petr Václav’s perceptive and unconventional study of a Czech Roma family The Way Out (Cesta ven).

Fair Play
Oct 9, 2014 6:15 PM
BFI Southbank, NFT2
on sale 18-09-2014 10:00 AM
Oct 11, 2014 1:00 PM
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
on sale 18-09-2014 10:00 AM

Director Andrea Sedlackova
Producer Katerina Cerna, Pavel Strnad, Silvia Panakova, Erik Panak, Undine Filter, Thomas Kral, Christine Haupt
Screenwriter Andrea Sedlackova
With Anna Geislerová, Judit Bárdos, Roman Luknár
Czech Republic-Germany-Slovakia 2014
100 mins
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Anna (Judit Bárdos) is a young sprinter whose ambition is to represent Czechoslovakia in the Los Angeles Olympic Games of 1984. Her father lives in exile while her mother, Irena (Anna Geislerová), a former tennis champion, is banned from playing due to her support for the Prague Spring of 1968. When Anna is forced to take steroids without consent, Irena agrees to the plan in order to encourage her to seek a new life in the West. At the same time, Irena becomes involved with a dissident writer and types samizdat documents for private circulation. However, when her flat is bugged by state security, she refuses to become an informer. Beautifully acted by the two main protagonists, relations between mother and daughter are particularly well conveyed. Dramatic and engaging, Fair Play is an intelligent and chilling exposure of the way in which the state can infiltrate all aspects of life. (Peter Hames)

The Way Out

Cesta ven
Oct 15, 2014 6:30 PM
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
on sale 18-09-2014 10:00 AM
Oct 17, 2014 1:00 PM
ICA Cinema, Screen 1
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Director Petr Václav
Producers Jan Macola, Milos Lochman, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbs
Screenwriter Petr Václav
With Klaudia Dudova, David Istok, Sara Makulova
Czech Republic-France 2014
102 mins
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Žaneta lives in a prefabricated housing block with her partner David, their daughter and Žaneta’s younger sister. David reluctantly wants to resort to crime, at the expense of a racist politician, but Žaneta refuses to follow that path. However, their situation is desperate. A case study of a Roma family and the problems faced in their attempts to live a normal life, they fall into what director Petr Václav describes as the ‘Roma social trap’: racism, prejudice, lack of qualifications, problems with benefits and officials, debt, and hellish living conditions. However, this is much more than a ‘social problem’ film. Featuring a magnetic performance by Klaudia Dudová as Žaneta and impressively shot by Stépan Kucera, The Way Out is a striking and deeply moving film by Václav, who previously directed the acclaimed Marian, about the education of Roma children. (Peter Hames)


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