CZECH THAT FILM 2019
Czech that Film Festival is back at the Roxie for the eighth edition! Showcasing the best of what the current Czech cinema has to offer, Czech That Film has become the largest and the most successful annual presentation of Czech culture here in North America. Celebrate Czech film with these incredible titles…
Friday, April 5 at 7pm
Nazi imprisonment survivor Otto opens an upscale hair styling salon in the center of Prague where his wife and her sisters work. As his business gets underway, a looming darkness builds with the communists’ rise to power. The state expropriates Otto’s salon, putting a pompous young lad in charge. Soon it becomes apparent that Otto must disappear or risk losing his life. Will he ever find “home” again? Deserter is a tragicomic drama of harshly tested love between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and children. The film is part of director Hřebejk’s Garden Store trilogy, following three families: an air radio operator, a hair salon owner, and a garden store proprietor against the backdrop of the most dramatic periods of the last century. Directed by Jan Hřebejk. Starring Jiří Macháček, Gabriela Míčová, and Aňa Geislerová. 113 min. English subtitles.
Saturday, April 6 at 7pm
A rebellious teenager and his dorky, BB-gun-toting sidekick run away through the Czech countryside in a stolen Audi. Along the way, they pick up a dog and a pretty female hitchhiker as they try to elude the police. An interrogation of tall tales of exploits is contrasted against awkwardness, innocence, and adulthood. This coming-of-age road movie tells a story of adolescent friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something even if one doesn’t know exactly what that something is – a sense of unbridled freedom. The film received the Best Director award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was The Czech Republic’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission. Directed by Olmo Omerzu. Starring Tomás Mrvík, Jan Frantisek Uher, and Eliska Krenková. 85 min. English subtitles.
Saturday, April 6 at 9pm
A strange nobleman returns after years abroad to a small Bohemian village to revitalize his family’s property at the beginning of the 19th century. Despite looking like a human, he feels closer to animals. He turns out to be the Hastrman, a water spirit who needs water to sustain his life and gain superhuman strength. In this romantic fantasy, a new love brings Hastrman unexpected happiness and an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or cross the boundaries of intimacy with a human. Directed by Ondřej Havelka. Starring Karel Dobrý, Vladimír Polívka, Jirí Lábus. 100 min. English subtitles.
Sunday, April 7 at 4pm
Director Radim Špaček in person!
Young Czechoslovak men learn to play basketball from American Mormons at a YMCA camp in 1938. When World War II erupts a year later, their coach is arrested and executed. A young lawyer named Franta steps in to manage the team. After the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, he visits the prison yard where their coach died, picking up a handful of soil and placing in a box with national colors. The team carries this talisman to the European Championship in Geneva where the Czechs miraculously win in 1946. However, everything changes again with the communist coup in February 1948. Friendships are broken, several basketball players are persecuted, and Franta is arrested. The team will go to Paris to defend their title, but can they succeed? Directed by Radim Špaček. Starring Filip Brezina, Zdenek Piskula, and Patricia Volny. 106 min. English subtitles.