3 Dec 2005 00:00 - 14 Dec 2005 00:00
New Czech Cinema in Edinburgh
This selection of five award-winning films demonstrates the continued vibrancy of Czech cinema. It includes Ondrej Trojan’s Oscar-nominated Second World War romance, Zelary, and Jan Hrebejk’s sharply comic social commentary, Up and Down. The tradition of personal cinema is represented by Petr Zelenka’s Wrong Side Up, a black tale of ‘everyday insanity’, while Maria Procházková’s A Shark in the Head provides a charming portrait of the imaginative world of one whom others classify as ‘mad’. Petr Nikolaev reminds us of the Stalinist past with A Little Piece of Heaven, a romance rooted in the experience of the 1950s prison camps. (Peter Hames)
Up and Down
Sat 3 Dec only
Jan Hrebejk | Czech Republic 2004 | 1h48m | 35mm | Czech with English subtitles | 15
Cast: Petr Forman, Emília Vásáryová, Jan Triska, Ingrid Timková.
Interlinked tragi-comic stories, set mainly in Prague, make for a colorful jigsaw puzzle of people at various ages, education levels, opinions, beliefs and experiences. The pieces start to slot together when two refugee-smugglers end up with a two-month-old baby in their truck and sell it to a childless couple. The combination of a strong cast with the director's remarkable insight makes these stories appealing to everybody. Winner of four awards (Best Film, Screenplay, Director and Actress) at the Czech Film Awards.
A Little Piece of Heaven
Sun 4 Dec only
Petr Nikolaev | Czech Republic 2005 | 1h28m | 35mm | Czech with English subtitles | PG
Cast: Jakub Doubrava, Tatiana Pauhofová, Petr Forman, Zuzana Stivínová, Karel Zima.
A story of love at first sight between Lubos and Dana, who meet in a Stalinist prison camp of the fifties, a situation made all the more poignant because of the impossibility of fulfilment. Lubos is further embittered by the physical and mental torture inflicted on him, but despite the ever-present persecution and death, thanks to their fellow prisoners, the lovers manage to consummate their love. Based on a true story, this is more than a political statement, it is a celebration of how love and youth find their own way to fulfilment, however difficult the circumstances.
Wrong Side Up
Príbehy obycejného sílenství
Mon 5 Dec only
Petr Zelenka | Czech Republic/Germany/Slovakia 2005 | 1h40m | 35mm | Czech with English subtitles | PG
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Zuzana Sulajová, Zuzana Stivínová, Miroslav Krobot, Nina Divísková.
Petr (Ivan Trojan) finds himself lost in a dead-end job and deserted by his girlfriend. His father, who used to provide the commentaries for Communist-era newsreels, 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' love making. Based on the director's award-winning stage play, 'Tales of Common Insanity', there's a touch of Buñuel here, and a great deal of black humour.
Sat 10 Dec only
Ondrej Trojan | Czech Republic/Slovakia/Austria 2003 | 2h30m | 35mm | Czech, Russian and German with English subtitles | 15
Cast: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Jaroslava Adamová, Miroslav Donutil.
The true story of a medical student, Eliska, who, alongwith her fiancé, joins a Resistance cell. When her fiancé leaves the country she flees to the house of one of her patients, high in the mountains. Ondrej Trojan's film depicts the culture shock of leaving the city for a rural existence, which involves a change of name, marital status and social aspirations. Eliska becomes Hanna, weds the man she nursed and integrates with the community. Romance blossoms, but their peaceful idyll is interrupted by the brutality of war. Academy Award Nomination for the best foreign film.
A Shark in the Head
Zralok v hlave
Wed 14 Dec only
Mária Procházková | Czech Republic 2004 | 1h15m | 35mm | Czech with English subtitles | 15
Cast: Oldrich Kaiser, Jana Krausová, Krist na Leichtová, David Maj.
A lonely man (Oldrich Kaiser) spends his days looking out of the window or, dressed in boxers and a sweatshirt, cigarette in hand, talking to passers by and examining the waste bins on the edge of the pavement. Inspired by real events, this is a spirited attempt to enter the mind of a man for whom the street outside his window constitutes his world. Made with humour and simplicity, Mária Procházková's film is refreshingly different.
See any three films in the New Czech Cinema season for £12/£7.50 concessions, or all five for £15/£10 concessions.
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 3 Dec 2005 00:00
To: 14 Dec 2005 00:00