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ALOIS NEBEL (Tomá_ Lu_ák, 2011)
“A bracing experience for those who want animation to be more than 3D superheroics and anthropomorphic animal stories.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Alois Nebel is an isolated train dispatcher at a l… Read more

BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (Jan Hrebejk, 2006)
“Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel/On whom she can rely...” - poet Robert Graves Striking, young mother Marcela lost everything in the floods that swamped Prague in 2002. Her flat is smal… Read more

BUTTONERS (Petr Zelenka, 1997)
Could you forgive your wife if she had sex with a stranger in a cab? Could you forgive the pilot who dropped the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima? Could you forgive yourself if you accidentally killed a young … Read more

Cargo (Jason Stutter, 2008)
Cargo is a realistic and powerful film that portrays a young boy's descent into the world of child trafficking. Believing he is about to cross a border to a new life, the young runaway instead discov… Read more

CITIZEN HAVEL (Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek, 2008)
“I would like to be a good president.” - Vaclav Havel ... The political life of the Czech Republic's first president - former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel - is laid bare in Citizen Havel, an… Read more

CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE (Jan Svankmajer, 1996)
Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist preoccupat… Read more

COOKING HISTORY (Peter Kerekes, 2009)
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead. ... If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking His… Read more

czech dream (Vit Klusak & Filip Remuuda, 2004)
[Czech Dream] is a story of a glorious large-scale hoax. What began as a graduation project by two film-school students soon escalated to become a mass media event, one that variously disgusted, exci… Read more

Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Jan Svankmajer, 1992)
A condensed imaginative survey of Czechoslova­kia's 42 years under communist rule-as seen through the eyes and mind of surrealist Jan Svankmajer. ... Read more

EMPTIES (M) (Jan Sveråk, 2007)
“Empties is charming, funny, bittersweet, funny, romantic and ultimately, you guessed it, very funny.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... Oscar-winning filmmaker Jan Sverák (Kolya) once a… Read more

FAUST (Jan Svankmajer, 1994)
... ... A Faust for our uncertain times from one of the world's most original filmmakers and brilliant animators. Abandon objective logic when you enter the wonderful world of Jan Svankmajer and expe… Read more

I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND (Jiri Menzel, 2007)
“A saga of opportunism, identity, money, sex and, of course, beer. And sex.” - Variety After realising even the wealthiest man will get down on his hands and knees to pick up loose change, the ve… Read more

IN THE ATTIC: WHO HAS A BIRTHDAY TODAY? (Ji í Barta, 2009)
A low-tech toy story that even Pixar would envy. ... Something's stirring in the attic. Toys are springing to life and creating a fantastical world from everyday recycled objects. It's all tea-partie… Read more

INDIAN SUMMER (Sasa Gedeon, 1995)
... ... The creative vision of directors like Sasa Gedeon ensures a sound future for Czech film With Indian Summer he tackles the perils of puberty and the initiation of an innocent 15-year-old girl.… Read more

KARAMAZOVS, THE (Petr Zelenka, 2008)
“The play's the thing - but certainly not everything.” - Variety ... The Karamazovs is a performance experiment by Czech director Petr Zelenka, whose claims that he wants to do the impossible: to… Read more

KAWASAKI'S ROSE (Jan Hrebejk, 2009)
A Czech look into the lives of others. ... Loyalty, history and regret take centre stage for university professor Pavel Josek, lauded for standing up to the communist regime when it counted most. But… Read more

LITTLE OTIK (Jan Svankmajer, 2000)
With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console … Read more

Love Birds (Brian Lye, 2010)
The mating and nesting rituals of birds as performed by naked adults. A comedic and sinister challenge to the way we perceive our feathered friends. ... D/S Brian Lye P Tomas Hruby, Yana Rits, David … Read more

LUNACY (Jan Svankmajer, 2005)
“What could be more natural than cult director Jan Svankmajer pairing the poetic twins of decadence, Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade? Combining live action with the Czech director's wondrou… Read more

MATCHMAKING MAYOR (Erika Hníková, 2010)
"On July 25, we'll be hosting a social gathering for single men and women... Maybe we can wake up your hormones." - Mayor Josef Gajdos ... After bringing better roads, jobs and cable television to th… Read more

ONE NIGHT IN A CITY (Jan Balej, 2007)
In the dark streets of Prague, surreal scenarios and enchanted vignettes entwine to create a disturbing tryptic of urban peculiarities. ... We visit an apartment building of people with magnificent m… Read more

OSADNE (Marko Skop, 2009)
Even the cows are leaving. ... The only thing that really sets the tiny hamlet of Osadné in Slovakia apart is a fading statue of Andy Warhol (his parents were born there). The 216 inhabitants ar… Read more

Pandas (Matúš Vizár, 2013)
Colourfully animated, darkly funny and packed with wonderfully bizarre and satirical ideas, Pandas makes a case for the black-and-white bears being the perfect Darwinian species. ... D/S Matú&… Read more

RETURN OF THE IDIOT (Sasa Gedeon, 1999)
"One of the most original and inventive pics out of Central Europe in some time... the cast is impeccable all down the line.''—Variety ... Locked inside an asylum for most of his life, Frantise… Read more

SURVIVING LIFE (Jan vankmajer, 2010)
"Dazzling visual invention from a master animator... an unmissable pleasure." - Hollywood Reporter ... After a five-year absence following the death of his wife, Eva, surrealist Jan Švankmajer… Read more

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