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Program

24 Mar 2007 00:00 - 30 Mar 2007 00:00

Czech films at New Europe Film Festival 2007

A selection of films focusing on the generation of 20-30 year olds who grew up in both socialism and capitalism and were able to explore the world that had been closed to their parents but who at the same time inherited the sick reality that these parents had built for them.

 

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24th March 2007

Wrong Side Up

 

Petr (Ivan Trojan) finds himself lost in a dead end job as an airport dispatch worker and his girlfriend has left him for someone with more elevated prospects. However, it appears increasingly that he may be the only sane person in the bizarre but undoubtedly normal world that surrounds him. His father (Miroslav Krobot), who used to provide the commentaries for Communist-era newsreels, disconcerted by the new realities, finds himself exploiting his former persona for artistic performances while his mother works obsessively collecting second hand clothes to alleviate the effects of war and catastrophe. Petr's boss has a sexual preference for shop window mannequins and Petr is soon supplementing his income as a paid observer to his neighbours' more intimate moments. The plot hinges on a chance phone call and a touch of black magic. Directed by Petr Zelenka (Buttoners) and based on his award winning stage play, 'Tales of Common Insanity', there's a touch of Buñuel, and a great deal of black and sarcastic humour.

 

 

 

27th March 200

Shut up and Shoot me

 

Shut Up and Shoot Me is a black comedy about designer shoes and dumplings from hot new writer/director Steen Agro. Shot in and around Prague, it tells the story of suicidal tourist Colin Framption (Andy Nyman) and his hapless Czech would-be-killer, Pavel Zeman (Karel Roden).
 
 

 

30th March 2007

City of the Sun

 

Set in the North East industrial town of Ostrava, an area of high unemployment, four friends decide to go into business for themselves when they are laid off following the privatisation of their works. Karel, Vinco, Tomáš, and Milan pool resources to buy a lorry and find themselves buying second hand goods, transporting sheep, robbing a church, and even acting as bailiffs. The characters of the four men, both Czechs and Slovaks, are strongly drawn and acted, and they maintain a camaraderie throughout their experiences. But, in the new society, certain values are difficult to sustain - solidarity and morality are early casualties and changing masculine roles have their inevitable impact on family life. Boldly labelled a 'Czecho-Slovak' production, the film has a predominantly Slovak production team with Martin Šulík, best known for his folk-inspired The Garden and the experimental The Key to Determining Dwarfs, here turning his hand to an almost Loachian-style drama. But the film has a quirky and ironic humour that is very much its own.

 

 

 

 

Venue:

30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 24 Mar 2007 00:00
To: 30 Mar 2007 00:00

Organizer:

Filmhouse Cinema


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