Czech That Film 2017
From provocative premieres to award-winning masterpieces, the Czech That Film festival features the best of contemporary Czech cinema. Join us in celebrating its 6th year at the Roxie!
Friday, March 31
I, Olga Hepnarova, 9:30pm
Free or discounted for Roxie members.
I, OLGA HEPNAROVA
Friday, March 31, 9:20pm
Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted family who couldn’t play the part society desired of her. Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old. The film shows the human being behind the mass murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. Guided by her letters we delve into Olga’s psyche and witness the worsening of her loneliness and alienation as we reconstruct the events that led up to her disastrous actions. Evil is part of being human.
Directed and Written by Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb. 2016. 105min. Czech w/ English subtitles.
Saturday, April 1, 4:30pm
The last drop for Jan’s resolution is the voluntary death of his father-in-law, whose strength and patience ran dry. Grandma made decisions about Grandpa’s life, old age as well as the funeral. Jan is sure that he and his wife Olga are on the same route. He recalls his past life when he used to have his own will and dreams and he wants to live again with dignity and freedom. He longs to control his own life again. And his solution is escape from the present life. In this movie we watch, in parallel, the fates of Jan’s married daughters Olinka and Alenka and his sons-in-law Erik and Pepík.
Directed by Radek Bajgar. Written by Radek Bajgar, Miroslava Zlatníková. 2016. 107min. Original title: Teorie Tygra. Czech w/ English Subtitles.
Saturday, April 1, 7pm
Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The convincement of the teacher’s corrupted behaviour and one of the students suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the student’s parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher’s high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?
Directed by Jan Hřebejk. Written by Petr Jarchovský. Slovakia / Czech Republic. 2016. 99 min. Czech w/ English subtitles.
Saturday, April 1, 9:15pm
A story of Eliška and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the ‘father away on business’, as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to wither. At that time, the mythical Noonday Witch begins to materialize. She is coming closer and closer and the question is poised: is the danger real or is it all in the mother’s crumbling head?
Directed by Jiří Sádek, Written by Michal Samir. Czech Republic. 2016. 90min. Original title: Polednice. Czech w/ English Subtitles.
LITTLE FROM THE FISH SHOP
“[A] touching, technically inventive twist on a classic … equal parts urban realism and Expressionist grotesquerie.” – Variety
Stop-motion puppet animation doesn’t get much more impressive than this faithfully dark adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Directed by Jan Balej, this fairytale for adults turns seedy when Little, the youngest daughter of the Sea King, embarks on a sorrowful romance with a brothel owner.
Directed by Jan Balej, Written by Jan Balej, Ivan Arsenjev. Czech Republic. 2016. 72 min. Original title: Malá z rybárny. Czech w/ English Subtitles.
Preceded by the short film Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau). This short animated film about a little boy who longs for deep-sea adventures in a snow-covered city is a homage to Jacques Cousteau. Directed by Jakub Kouřil. 8 min. 2013.
THE DEVIL’S MISTRESS
Sunday, April 2, 5pm
A Q&A with Director Filip Renč will follow the screening.
Berlin, 1934. It’s the dream of everyone involved in film making: to work at the “Hollywood of Europe,” the Babelsberg Film Studios outside of Berlin. Though already well-known in her native Czechoslovakia, ambitious young Czech actress Lida Baarová has just obtained her first screen role in a major feature film. She knows she can only make a real acting career in Germany, however, she yet doesn’t know the price she will have to pay…
Directed by Filip Renč. Written by Ivan Hubač. Czech Republic. 2016, 106 min. Original title: Lída Baarová. Czech and German w/ English subtitles.