Calendar

Mar
28
Sat
Czech That Film: Clownwise
March 28, 2015

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Czech That Film festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema

in 18 cities across the United States

Clownwise_440x300Oskar, Max and Viktor, once a superstar clown trio split up over a heartbreaking fight. Now they’re paying the price of thirty years of separate grueling lives on and off the stage. Their irresistible sense of humor is challenged by the proxi- mity of the physical end and other joys of old age. They‘re about to risk everything to find out whether there really isn‘t one more show left in them, a re-staging of the famous clownery that launched the group‘s career while also facing the hardest challenge yet: clowning their way out.

(Klauni, 2013, 120 min.), dir. Viktor Tauš

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Czech That Film: To See the Sea
March 28, 2015

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Czech That Film festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema

in 18 cities across the United States.

pojedeme-k-moriEleven-year-old Tomas receives a camera for his birthday. Wanting to become the next acclaimed director like Miloš Forman, he decides to secretly record his father, who he suspects is having an affair. With the camera as his tool, he becomes a detective intent on finding truth. In the process, he finds out more about himself and the world around him than he ever imagined. His best friend Haris also borrows the camera, putting a lens to the stark reality of his violent father.  In Czech with English subtitles.

(Pojedem k moři, 2014, 90 min.), dir. Jiří Mádl

Awards:
Nominated for 5 Czech Film Critics’ Awards (2015), including Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay. Won the Children’s Jury Main Prize at the Zlín IFF 2014. Received Special Mention at Finále Plzeň and the Gorky Studio Special Prize at VOICES – Russia (2014). Won Best Film at the Motovun FF in Croatia (2014).

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Mar
29
Sun
Czech That Film: Fair Play
March 29, 2015

images-1Come see new and exciting films at the fourth annual

Czech That Film festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema

in 18 cities across the United States

Filmmaker in Person!!

fairplayIn the 1980s in former Czechoslovakia, young talented sprinter Anna is selected for the national team and starts training to qualify for the Olympic Games. As part of the preparation, she is placed in a secret “medical program” where she is given anabolic steroids to better her performance. Her mother sees the drugs as Anna’s ticket out of the Iron Curtain, while Anna knows the drug is harming her body. In a story that follows the impacts of a decision, a young woman is tested by fate.

(Fair Play, 2014, 100 min.), dir. Andrea Sedláčková

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Mar
30
Mon
Czech That Film: KRÁSNO
March 30, 2015

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Czech That Film festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema

in 18 cities across the United States

 

Unknown-3A dark comedy begins with Michal and Adam, two childhood friends coming back to their hometown after 20 years. Michal’s mother has been dead for several years and Michal’s father dies on the day they return. Without knowing the truth about his mother´s death, all that is left is anger and sadness. The father’s new wife (now a widow) behaves suspiciously, which encourages Michal and Adam to investigate. The pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery, unaware that disaster awaits.

(Krásno, 2014, 119 min.) dir. Ondřej Sokol

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Apr
10
Fri
Invasion of the Body Snatchers double feature
April 10, 2015

Spoke Art and Trailers from Hell present:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers double feature

with special guests Philip Kaufman (director –  Invasion ’78) and Sam Hamm (writer – Batman)

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Join us Friday, April 10th for a very special double feature of both the 1956 and 1978 versions of the cult sci-fi classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

As an added bonus, the director of the 1978 version, Philip Kaufman, will join acclaimed screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) on stage for a very special Q&A session.

Spoke Art gallery will also present a brand new limited edition screen print to commemorate this once in a lifetime event.

1956: Directed by Don Siegel, 80min.

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

1978: Directed by Philip Kaufman, 115min.

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. A studded cast including Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, and the beloved and recently departed Leonard Nimoy!

Apr
16
Thu
Nippon Nights #8: GHOST IN THE SHELL
April 16, 2015

Nippon Nights is a monthly series presenting different genres, styles and generations of Japanese Cinema to Bay Area audiences. Check out our upcoming screenings:

Join us for a discussion with Gilles Poitras, writer on anime, manga and Japanese culture after the screening to discuss the world of Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell stands as one of the pioneering films of anime history, one that captures the imagination with its intricate story and dazzles the eyes with its gorgeous animation.

-Jeff Beck, Examiner.com

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The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.

Directed by Mamoru Oshii, 83min., 1995, Japan, English subtitled.

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Nippon Nights Program is Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation