New Czech Cinema at the Northwest Film Center – May 8 thru 11


Czech filmmakers have long been recognized for their innovative contributions to international cinema. The legacy of the Czech New Wave, the period of stylistic experimentation and social critique that accompanied political and social reforms in mid-1960s Czechoslovakia, still resonates in a new generation of voices offering skilled takes on diverse genres from comedy to gritty realist drama, from stylish period thrillers to animation, and more. They share, however, a deft eye for lyric beauty and absurdist humor even in the most mundane or difficult circumstances as they probe social and economic conditions and questions of Czech identity and culture.

The Northwest Film Center presents this six-film selection of influential and emerging voices in Czech cinema in conjunction with the nationally touring program “Czech That Film,” organized by the Czech Center, New York; Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, D.C.; Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Los Angeles; Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, Portland; and the Czech Society of Oregon. Special thanks to Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, for making these films’ presentation in Portland possible.

Complete Film listings:

May 8 – Friday 7 p.m. (director in attendance)
FAIR PLAY (dir. Andrea Sedlácková)

May 9 – Saturday 4:30 p.m. (director in attendance)

VÁCLAV HAVEL – A LIFE IN FREEDOM (dir. Andrea Sedlácková)

May 9 – Saturday 7 p.m.
TO SEE THE SEA (dir. Jirí Mádl)

May 10 – Sunday 4:30 p.m.
CLOWNWISE (dir. Viktor Taus)

May 10 – Sunday 7 p.m.
THE ICING (dir. Jan Hrebejk)

May 11 – Monday 7 p.m.
KRÁSNO (dir. Ondrej Sokol)

New Czech Cinema runs Friday, May 8 through Monday, June 11 in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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