Czech That Film Festival

by Revue Team

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CZECH THAT FILM FESTIVAL

April 27 to May 1 at the Revue Cinema

Come see new and exciting films at the sixth annual Czech That Film Festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema.

 

Thursday, April 27, 7:00PM

The Devil's Mistress (Lída Baarová)

CZ 2016 106min. 18A

Directed by Filip Renč

Starring Tatiana Pauhofová, Karl Markovics


Berlin, 1934. It's every filmmaker’s dream to work in the "Hollywood of Europe," the Babelsberg Film Studios outside of Berlin. Though already well-known in her native Czechoslovakia, ambitious young 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 doesn't yet know the price she will have to pay...

 

Friday, April 28, 7:00PM

The Snake Brothers (Kobry a užovky)

CZ 2015 106min. 18A

Directed by Jan Prušinovský

Starring Matej Hádek, Krystof Hádek


Brothers Grass Snake and Cobra live in a small Czech town not far from Prague. Coming from a dysfunctional family, they both feel unable to build satisfying lives. Grass, who is almost forty, unemployed and still without a girlfriend, can't escape the shadow of his druggie, troublemaker brother. Things seem to change for Grass Snake when all at once he gets the opportunity to be part of a promising business and starts a relationship with the waitress of a local pub. Then, Cobra and his addiction appear once again and push Grass to the verge of losing everything he achieved. But this time he is determined to not let anybody or anything stand in the way of his last chance at happiness. He decides to teach his brother a lesson he should never forget... A lesson that uncontrollably turns into a nightmare...



GALA SCREENING - DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

Saturday, April 29, 6:45PM

The Teacher (Učitelka)

CZ 2016 102min.

Directed by Jan Hřebejk

Starring Zuzana Mauréry, Zuzana Konecná


Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a school in suburban Bratislava in 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The fact that a student’s suicide could be related to the teacher’s corrupt behaviour forces the school Principal call the students’ 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 connections within the Communist Party make 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, or will they just remain silent and let things be?

The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Jan Hřebejk.

 

Sunday, April 30, 4:00PM

Polednice (The Noonday Witch)

CZ 2016 90min.

Directed by Jiří Sádek

Starring Anna Geislerová, Karolína Lipowská


Eliška and her daughter are starting a new life in a remote house with the mother claiming that the father is ‘away on business'. After Eliška’s lie is revealed, their relationship begins to wither. At this time, the mythical Noonday Witch begins to materialise. She is coming closer and closer and the question is posed: is the danger real or is it all in the mother's crumbling head?

 

Sunday, April 30, 7:00PM

Tiger Theory (Teorie tygra)

CZ 2016 107min.

Directed by Radek Bajgar

Starring Jirí Bartoska, Eliska Balzerová


The last drop for Jan's resolution is the voluntary death of his father-in-law, whose strength and patience ran dry. Grandma made all the decisions about Grandpa's life, old age and 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. He longs to live again with dignity and freedom and escape his present life. We later see, in parallel, the fates of Jan's married daughters Olinka and Alenka and his sons-in-law Erik and Pepík.

 

Monday, May 1, 7:00PM

Já, Olga Hepnarová (I, Olga Hepnarová)

CZ 2016 105min.

Directed by Radek Bajgar

Starring Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát


Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a cold-hearted 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. Although the story is set in the 1970s, young people worldwide today still face problems of not belonging, being different, and being bullied because of race, gender or sexual orientation.

 

Special Event. All screenings $13 General, $10 Members, Seniors & Students. All Membership benefits applicable. Tickets available HERE