With a formidable filmmaking tradition that belies its size, the Czech Republic has long been recognized internationally for innovative contributions to 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, resonates strongly still. The recent Czech films presented here, like those of the New Wave, are richly varied in nature—encompassing gritty realist dramas, stylish period thrillers, and knowingly self-referential mockumentaries. They share, however, a deft eye for lyric beauty and absurdist humor even among the most mundane or difficult circumstances, as they probe social and economic conditions, the legacy of Communism, and questions of Czech identity and culture. We are pleased to present this robust selection of influential and emerging voices in Czech cinema. This series is presented in conjunction with the nationally touring program “Czech That Film” presented by Staropramen.
Special thanks to: Michal Sedlacek— Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles.