New Czech Cinema: KRÁSNO

Krasno

A black comedy with a touch of detective genre begins with Michal and Adam, two childhood friends coming back to their hometown of Šumperk after 20 years. Michal’s mother’s dead body was mysterious pulled from lake Krásno several years before. Now, Michal’s father dies on the day they return. Without knowing the truth about the weird events, 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 tangled journey to solve a mystery, unaware that disaster awaits. (119 mins.)

KRÁSNO screens Monday, May 11 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

New Czech Cinema: THE ICING

The Icing

This explosive comedy, based on the successful play, takes place one evening in a remote village pub during an Ice Hockey World Championship match. Many things can happen when a kidnapped bride gets drunk with the best friend of the groom and a barmaid and the only one who is able to stop and save everything, is not coming. A laugh-out-loud film proving that what is meant to be your perfect day can sometimes turn into a not-so-perfect tragedy. (77 mins.)

THE ICING screens Sunday, May 10 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

New Czech Cinema: CLOWNWISE

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Oskar, Max, and Viktor, once a superstar clown trio, split up over a heartbreaking fight. Now they’re paying the price after thirty years of separate grueling lives on and off the stage. Their irresistible sense of humor is challenged by the proximity of the physical end and other joys of old age. They’re about to risk everything to find out whether there is 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. A splendid tale of the comedy of life. (120 mins.)

CLOWNWISE screens Sunday, May 10 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

New Czech Cinema: TO SEE THE SEA

To Sea the Sea

The charming directorial debut of Jiri Mádl claims instead to be the work of his film’s protagonist, intrepid 12 year old Tomáš. In fact, the whole film is presented as if it really were shot and edited by Tomáš, who dreams of becoming the next Miloš Forman. Tomáš is making a film about his family. By hiding a camera in his father’s home office, Tomáš discovers that he leaves the house on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, when Tomáš confronts his father about his behavior, he denies it. Tomáš’ best friend Haris also starts using a camera to document his family’s goings-on, albeit mostly in self defense. Ultimately, courage and friendship lead the plucky investigative duo to a final great revelation. . . (90 mins.)

TO SEE THE SEA screens Saturday, May 9 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

New Czech Cinema: VÁCLAV HAVEL – A LIFE IN FREEDOM with director Andrea Sedláĉková in attendance

Vaclav havel a life in freedom

The 1989 Velvet Revolution was led by Václav Havel, a playwright and poet who became Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president and one f the great figures of twentieth century Europe. Andrea Sedlácková (FAIR PLAY) maps Havel’s life with extensive film clips and interviews to fashion an elegant portrait of a bohemian artist whose life below and then above ground was rich in paradoxes. (70 mins.)

Director Andrea Sedláčková will introduce the film.

 

VÁCLAV HAVEL – A LIFE IN FREEDOM screens Saturday, May 9 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

New Czech Cinema: FAIR PLAY with director Andrea Sedláčková in attendance

Fair Play

Anna, a talented young sprinter, is training for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Following official instructions, she takes anabolic steroids masked as prescribed vitamins to boost her performance. When she finds out, she risks everything by refusing to continue, forcing her dissident mother, who sees the Olympics as Anna‘s escape route, to conspire against her. Highlighting the Eastern Block policy of doping athletes, Sedlácková provides a powerful account of how the Communist regime sought to control lives and the resulting moral dillemmas. This year’s Czech submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. (100 mins.)

Join us for a reception following the film. Director Andrea Sedláčková will introduce the film.

 

FAIR PLAY screens Friday, May 8 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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

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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.

The World of Wes Anderson, Animation, Outdoor Movies and More: Download Our June/July/August 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our June/July/August 2014 is hitting the streets right now and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our upcoming lineup, which includes our annual summer camp program for kids and teens, classes, & workshops at our School of Film, the 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, a 10th anniversary edition of our popular Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series, the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series, an animated classics series dubbed KALEIDOSCOPIC VISIONS, a retrospective dealing with the films of Wes Anderson and his many influences, a second year of Drive-in at Zidell Yards, an overview of New Czech Cinema, and much more.    If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, here you go.

Just click on the image below to download a .pdf version of our June/July/August schedule:

 

NWFC June July Aug 2014 schedule cover

Trailers of the Day: Alois Nebel & Gypsy

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Based on the graphic novel trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír Svejdík, this superbly atmospheric rotoscope animation employs noirish black-and-white images and an evocative soundtrack to portray the fractured psychology of a man and his country. In summer 1989, Alois Nebel works as a stationmaster in a small village in the Jeseník Mountains, close to the Polish border. Preferring old timetables to people, Nebel lives through his memories, haunted by the violent postwar expulsion of the Germans and getting lost in the mists of time. Encounters with a mysterious mute man and the kind Květa help him to connect the past with the present and to find middle-aged love. Winner of the Best Animated Film Award at the European Film Awards. (84 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with GYPSY)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket

 

ALOIS NEBEL screens on Sunday, June 9 at 6p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

 

Gypsy

When his father is killed and his loan-shark uncle becomes head of the family, a Roma boy is caught between two worlds—he navigates poverty and prejudice as he struggles to support his family, while resisting his uncle’s criminal activities and embittered attitudes toward non-Roma. Shot on location, evocative hillside landscapes and touches of magic realism balance this astutely realist drama. “Hamlet…freshly reimagined.”—Time Out London. “Captures a specific way of life without placing it behind glass… You might call it an old story with higher stakes.”—Village Voice. (100 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with ALOIS NEBEL)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

 

GYPSY screens on Sunday, June 9 at 8p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailers of the Day: Flower Buds and The House

Flower Buds

Winner of four top Czech film prizes, FLOWER BUDS is a grimly comedic family drama set in a small, blue-collar town. Jarda finds his family on the brink of a breakdown with each member going in different directions. He’s more interested in gambling than his work. His daughter Agata plans to leave, knowing that neither the town nor her parents’ home can bring her the opportunities she yearns for; son Honza blindly follows his heart; and his wife Kamila, though still very much in love with him, really only finds solace in the companionship of old friends and nostalgia for the “budding” days of youth. But despite limited options, hope may just be around the corner. (90 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with THE HOUSE)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

 

FLOWER BUDS screens on Saturday, June 8 at 6:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

 

 

The House

Remarkable for its depth of characterization, this sensitively observed, intelligently made realist tale of generational conflict is set in a remote Slovak village where old grudges die hard. Ambitious teen Eva is about to graduate from high school and eager to experience the world outside her pokey hometown. Meanwhile, her dour, controlling father is painstakingly building her a house on the family property. After Eva meets a handsome new neighbor, she is tempted, like her now-disowned older sister before her, to leave the family nest sooner rather than later. For a father with deeply entrenched values, there are not words to express the devastation of change. Liová’s tightly constructed screenplay makes meaningful looks and repeated gestures speak louder than words about expectations and desires. (97 mins.)

 

THE HOUSE screens on Saturday, June 8 at 8:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

June 8 is the annual World Naked Bike Ride, departing from the Portland Art Museum at 10pm; participants will be admitted to the museum at 8pm. Please note that the NWFC’s box office also opens at 8pm for our screening of THE HOUSE, which will go on as scheduled.