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Ice Mother + Q&A with actor Pavel Nový

Hana carries the groceries, looks after her grandchildren and cooks dinners for her self-centred sons. Never thinking about herself she carries on until she meets light-hearted Broňa, an ice...

Zuzana: Music is Life

90-year-old Zuzana Růžičková survived three concentration camps and decades-long oppression and harassment under the totalitarian regime in her native Czech Republic to become a world famous...

The Sins of Love & live music accompaniment by Ivan Acher

The dramatic story of an actor whose life is destroyed by a theatre engagement in the big city, and by his obsessive love for his beautiful, much younger wife. When Ivan and Sonia leave the...

Petra Hůlová: Three Plastic Rooms

An evening with the award winning Czech writer Petra Hůlová launching the English publication of her novella Three Plastic Rooms in which a foul-mouthed Prague prostitute muses on her profession,...

Magor's Swan Songs - book launch & reading

Poet, art historian and band manager of The Plastic People of the Universe, Ivan ’Magor’ Jirous was, together with Václav Havel, one of the key personalities of Czech cultural dissent....

Staying Connected: How shift work impact on life with friends and family

During his action-research project exploring the phenomena of night-time work in London, Czech visual artist Martin Kohout engaged individual shift workers alongside researchers in contemporary sleep...

What's Behind That Wall

An exhibition of digital black & white photographs taken between 2011—2016 introduces film director Jan Němec also as a keen photographer while providing a wider context to his films. Part of his...

Slides: film screning and artist talk

The UK premiere of ‘Slides’ by Czech artist Martin Kohout, part of a wider action-research project that explores the growing phenomenon of night time work in London. Set in the not-so-distant...

Wasteland + Q&A with director Alice Nellis (tbc.)

A thrilling HBO drama series in the mould of The Killing and The bridge. In a small coal mining village the residents face the difficult choice of whether to sell their homes and land to a powerful...

A Marriage Story (Strnadovi)

This excellent time-lapse documentary follows 35 years of ups and downs of the married life of Václav and Ivana Strnad. From newlywed fresh-faced architectural students living in a cramped...

The Teacher

It’s 1983 and a new teacher arrives at a school. Soon life turns upside down with rumours of her corrupt behaviour. When a meeting is called, parents must decide whether they dare to risk opposing...

Pat and Mat in a Movie + Workshop for Children

The popular film series about two clumsy friends and neighbours constantly trying to improve their homes celebrates its 40th anniversary by returning to the screen with brand new DIY adventures in...

The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street + Q&A with dramaturg Jakub Felcman

Karel Roden as Němec’s alter ego opens the film with remarks on a life spent in pursuit of fame, glory and women, indicating the exhilarating ride the eternal rebel and lonely wolf will provide in...

Martyrs of Love + The Czech Connection

In this triptych of mournful comedies characterised by love turning sour we meet a young office worker who fantasises about erotic encounters, a girl dreaming of working as a maid being wooed by...

Diamonds of the Night + A Loaf of Bread

Jan Němec’s stunning feature debut depicts two boys running away from the certain death awaiting them at a Nazi concentration camp. Emaciated and lost in hostile territory they try to escape both...

The Party and the Guests

A friendly picnic in the forest turns into a nightmare awaking the instinct for self-preservation and revealing the true characters of all those threatened. This brilliant, absurdist parable paints a...

Toyen

Forging links between reality and imagination, this is a lyrical portrait of Toyen, a great Czech Surrealist who broke into the male-dominated art world. It reconstructs her life in wartime Prague,...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being + Oratorio for Prague

In this successful adaptation of Milan Kundera’s tragi-comic novel the narrative follows the high-flying surgeon and womaniser Tomáš, his artist lover Sabina and wife Teresa living happily in...

NO PLACE FOR FRIVOLITY: Communication Networks and Radical Art behind the Iron Curtain

Roman Štětina, an acclaimed Czech artist and current resident artist at LUX London, and curator Tomáš Pospiszyl explore how Czechoslovak artists communicated with their Western colleagues across...

Late Night Talks with Mother

Stylized semi-autobiographical reflections based on Němec’s imaginary dialogue with his mother and inspired by Kafka’s A Letter to his Father. Casting Karel Roden as his alter ego Němec...

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