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Perfect Days
I ženy mají své dny

Perfect DaysSIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, July 12, 6:30 PM
Pre-screening reception at 5:30, presented by Staropramen

Nominated for three Czech Lions, this romantic comedy features brilliant acting from a range of characters. It effortlessly makes light of the obstacles met in middle age, and playfully laughs in the face of disappointment.

 

Innocence
Nevinnost

InnocenceSIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, July 13, 2:00 PM

Legendary Czech director Hřebejk ("Divided We Fall") drives "Innocence" to the limits of human understanding. The film deeply explores relationships and blurs the boundary of where truth and morality collide. Winner of two 2012 Czech Lion awards and nominated for an additional six, including Best Director.

 

Made in Ash
Až do města Aš

Made in AshSIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, July 13, 4:30 PM

Selected as the Slovak entry for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Oscar, this film takes a dark dive into the economics of the sex trade in Eastern Europe. As this docu-drama shows, when times are tough, occasionally young girls are forced to make an impossible moral choice that cannot be undone.

 

Don't Stop

Don't StopSIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, July 13, 6:30 PM

The story of a bunch of youngsters, who set up a punk band in Czechoslovakia in the era of normalization. Jazzed up with punk music, the nostalgic drama about desire for freedom under the stifling Communist regime was presented in the non-competetive sections of film festivals in Warsaw and Arras. The film also appeared on the programs of International film festivals in Karlovy Vary and Bratislava.

 

Alois Nebel

Alois NebelSIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, July 14, 2:00 PM

Inspired by classic film noir and rendered in mesmerizing black-and-white rotoscope (à la Richard Linklater's Waking Life), this dark-hearted Czech film traces the haunted memories and mysterious visions of a troubled train dispatcher through the shifting cultural and political landscape at the close of the Cold War. It's the summer of 1989, shortly before the Berlin Wall comes down, and Alois Nebel is working as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the mountainous region of Sudetenland on the Czechoslovakian border. Nebel, a loner who suffers from troubling hallucinations, is psychically stalked by ghosts from the dark past of this region, where harsh revenge was exacted on the German population after World War II. Unable to shake these nightmares, he eventually ends up in a sanatorium. When he recovers and is allowed to leave, Nebel finds things have changed dramatically outside. The Berlin Wall is gone, the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia has fallen, and he is without a job or a place to stay. Initially seeking help at the Prague railway headquarters, Nebel ultimately returns to the mountains to fight through the ghostly miasma that has haunted him for so long.

 

The House
Dům

The HouseSIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, July 14, 4:00 PM

The film tells a story of a generational conflict in a Czech province. A generational conflict in a milieu where even the minor characters are described in such detail that one suspects the film has been modeled on directors like Mike Leigh or Ken Loach. But the speechlessness and deeply entrenched feelings of the parent generation here also reflect the profound impact of radical social change and the struggle to come to terms with that change. This makes Zuzana Liová's feature a notable example of young, intelligent cinema.

 

Gypsy
Cigán

GypsySIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, July 14, 6:30 PM

Gypsy is a portrait of an impoverished Roma settlement in Slovakia, where racial, cultural, and social issues obstruct a normal life for a young boy. He must learn how to overcome these prejudices for himself and his community.

The film won multiple awards at festivals in the Czech Republic, and was the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

In the Shadow

In the ShadowSIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, July 14, 9:00 PM

Set in Cold War Prague as the Soviets tightened their grip on Czechoslovakia, this suspenseful noir crime drama (and this year's official Czech Oscar® submission) follows an honest cop whose jewelry heist investigation is taken over by State Security. A seemingly mundane robbery at a goldsmith's shop is manipulated by the Communist authorities to serve a grander scheme of power and deception. Major Zenke (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), an East German specialist, has been ordered to "prove" the dubious claim that the gold was stolen by the Jewish community to finance Zionist terrorism. But his instincts put him on the path of an altogether different story. Can one just man stand up to the forces of an increasingly oppressive state?

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