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16 Aug 2007 00:00 - 26 Aug 2007 00:00

Czech films at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Beauty in Trouble, I Served the King of England and It's Gonna Get Worse will be shown as a part of this year Edinburgh International Film Festival.



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Beauty in Trouble (Kráska v nesnázich)

Jan Hrebejk / Czech Republic / 2006 / 110 min

Aña Geislerová, Jana Brejchová, Emília Vásáryová, Josef Abrhám, Roman Luknár


Thu 16 Aug, 19:30, Cineworld

Sat 18 Aug, 17:15, Cineworld

Sun 26 Aug, 14:15, Cineworld



Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel/On whom she can rely/To pay her cab-fare, run a steaming bath/Poultice her bruised eye...


Left homeless by a flood, and all out of passion for her tightly-wound petty criminal husband, the alluring Marcela (Aña Geislerová) takes her two kids and moves in with her mother. The mother's boyfriend is a monster, and the kids are unhappy, but Marcela can't afford to relocate - until a prosperous older man becomes besotted by her, and offers to help. Can Marcela distinguish love from gratitude? And has she really got her ex out of her system? Superb, sexy, consummately elegant Czech drama, inspired by the poem by Robert Graves and directed by Jan Hrebejk (Up and Down, EIFF 2005). HM




I Served the King of England (Obsluhoval jsem anglickeho krále)

directors' showcase / uk premiere

Jirí Menzel / Czech Republic & Slovakia / 2006 / 118 min


Ivan Barnev, Oldrich Kaiser, Julia Jentsch, Milan Lasica, Zuzana Fialová, Martin Huba, Marián Labuda, Josef Abrhám


Fri 17 Aug, 19:45, Cineworld

Sat 18 Aug, 14:45, Cineworld

Sun 26 Aug, 17:00, Cineworld


A lavishly indulgent paean to food, flesh and fierce ambition.


Following a long prison sentence, Jan Díte looks back over an eventful life, which has seen him elevate himself from humble waiter to Nazi bridegroom to millionaire criminal. One of the most ambitious and expensive Czech films of all time, this historical epic is the long-awaited result of a protracted struggle for the screen rights to Bohumil Hrabal's famed novel. Jirí Menzel's adaptation is his fourth to be drawn from Hrabal's work (including the superb Closely Observed Trains). Combining sheer visual excess with sardonic commentary upon European mores in the first half of the 20th century, I Served the King of England proves worth the wait. It's a beautifully performed and designed film, shaded with irony and festooned with moments of delightful physical comedy. HM




It's Gonna Get Worse (...A bude hur!)

Petr Nikolaev / Czech Republic / 2007 / 86 min

Karel Zídek, Filip Kankovsky, Tereza Hofová, Mirek Skultéty, Perla Kotmelová


Fri 17 Aug, 21:50 Filmhouse

Sun 19 Aug, 20:00 Filmhouse


Bold, raw, uproarious portrait of youth adrift in 1970s Czechoslovakia.


Fittingly for a film based upon a legendary cult novel (which was widely distributed in photocopied form by enterprising Czech teens upon its initial printing in 1983), It's Gonna Get Worse has had an unconventional cinematic life in its homeland, primarily screening at clubs, pubs and gig venues. Certainly its characters would want nothing else: their lives centre upon music, drinking, and coming up with increasingly extreme methods of dodging the military draft. Beautifully shot by a largely student crew on 16mm newsreel stock, and peopled with hugely engaging characters, this true rebel movie is an expansive, provocative, and oddly touching account of life on the edge. HM




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From: 16 Aug 2007 00:00
To: 26 Aug 2007 00:00


Edinburgh International Film Festival

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