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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul announces the 7th annual CZECH THAT FILM, Aug. 24-26

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul announces the 7th annual CZECH THAT FILM, a series of contemporary Czech cinema showing August 24-26 at the Film Society’s St. Anthony Main Theatre Screen #3.

The 2018 slate features seven critically acclaimed Czech productions, six productions from the last two years and one special restoration screening.  Established in 2012, Czech That Film is a festival of the best contemporary and classic Czech films held throughout the United States every year, and this is the fourth year that the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has hosted the event in Minnesota. Czech That Film was established to accommodate increased interest in Czech cinema and culture in the United States and is dedicated to raising the profile of current Czech films at an international level.

Notably, 2018 marks 100 years since the formation of the sovereign nation of Czechoslovakia, 50 years since the Prague Spring reform movement, and 25 years since the formation of two sovereign nations: the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

ICE MOTHER (Bába z ledu)

Winner of the best screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Czech Republic’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language. Sixty-year-old Hana is unexpectedly given the impulse to break out of her routine when she meets the nonconformist, Brona who encourages her to join him in taking up a new activity, ice swimming. Directed by Bohdan Sláma. Czech Republic, France, Slovakia. 106 min. Czech w/English subtitles. Friday, 8/24/2018 7:00pm | Sunday, 8/26/2018 7:00pm
8 Heads of Madness follows the life of the talented Russian poet Anna Barkova (1906-1976), who spent twenty-two years of her life in the Gulags. She survived thanks to the help of her poetry, hope for better days, and passionate love for a woman named Valentina. Directed by Marta Nováková. Czech Republic, Slovakia. 107 min. Czech w/English subtitles. Friday, 8/24/2018 9:30pm
Set against the complex, political landscapes of post-WWII, Milada tells the story of a strong woman, Milada Horáková, a heroine fighting for democracy, who survived imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps only to be arrested and executed by the Communists in 1950. Her execution shook the world and triggered powerful and fervent responses from many nations and renowned individuals across the globe–Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few. Directed by David Mrnka. Czech Republic, USA. 124 min. Czech w/English subtitles. Saturday, 8/25/2018 4:00pm
Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy named Eda opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, Eda finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times. Along the way, Eda’s innocent perspective of the world contrasts with the shadow of World War II weighing heavily upon the country. Directed by Jan Svěrák. Czech Republic. 111 min. Czech w/English subtitles. Saturday, 8/25/2018 7:00pm
In this 1994 sci-fi drama, Olda suffers from a total lack of energy and falls into a coma. A natural healer tries to rejuvenate him. In doing so, he learns that Olda has an “alter ego” inside the TV that sucks the energy from Olda every time he tunes in. Can Olda resist watching TV and live a more fulfilling life in the real world, or will the television world take over? Accumulator 1 won the Czech Lion Award for Best Editing and was the most popular film in the Czech Republic in 1994. Directed by Jan Svěrák. Czech Republic. 102 min. Czech, English, Slovak w/English subtitles. Saturday, 8/25/2018 9:30pm
Winner of 12 of the prestigious Czech Lion Awards, A Prominent Patient is based on the true story of Czech diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, the son of Czechoslovakia’s founding father Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Set just before World War II breaks out, Jan serves as Czechoslovak Ambassador in London. He desperately tries to save his homeland from Nazi occupation, appealing to his French and British allies. Directed by Julius Ševčík. Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany. 113 min. Czech, English, Slovak, French w/English subtitles. Sunday, 8/26/2018 1:00pm
Three young women and two children await the return of their imprisoned husbands and fathers from Nazi concentration camps. A family friend and doctor named Jiri watches over the women forced into a family union by the war. The film tells a story of forbidden love that remains unfulfilled, friendship bigger than life, desire, departures and returns. Love, friendship and loyalty leave deep imprints on the family lives of women brought together by destiny. Directed by Jan Hřebejk. Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia. 130 min. Czech, Polish w/English subtitles. Sunday, 8/26/2018 4:00pm
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