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16 Aug 2015 - 6 Sep 2015

Czech Film Week 2015

The biggest festival of Czech movies, organized by the Czech Centre Tel Aviv, is coming back to Israel. The 6th edition will present both classical and newest Czech movies.

The retrospective part of the festival will commemorate the actual anniversaries - the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II ( “The Shop on Main Street”) and the 25th anniversary of the visit of Czech President Vaclav Havel in Israel. Movies exactly fifty years old will be represented by the “Loves of a Blonde”. In the panorama section one finds new films by renowned Czech directors, debut films and new discoveries.

Partners: Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Haifa Cinematheque, Cinematheque Herzliya, Holon Cinematheque, Rosh Pina Cinematheque and the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo .



will be followed by Q&A with the main actress Judit Bárdos.

Directed by: Andrea Sedlackova
Cast: Judit Bárdos, Vlastina Svátková, Anna Geislerová
Year: 2014
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Runtime: 100 min

Czechoslovakia, the gray 1980s. Teenage Anna is a top sprinter and her trainer thinks she can go all the way to the Olympics. Her mother is also pinning her hopes on Anna’s success, seeing it as an opportunity for her daughter to live in the free world beyond the Iron Curtain. This vision is so strong that she willingly supports the doping program the communist regime is testing on her daughter – although her health will clearly suffer. Unfolding gradually, Fair Play may be a tale of fiction but it shines a light on historically-based demands made by the regime, and when they concerned a loved one it was difficult to ignore them. In addition to her powerful, unromanticized evocation of the era that avoids becoming an ostentatious stream of period props, the director succeeds in putting forward a universal story of adolescent fragility without resorting to melodrama. Although ostensibly about sports, this film presents a depiction of relationships and their complications.

Tel Aviv: 16.8. at 21:15 
Jerusalem: 17.8. at 21:00
Haifa: 19.8. at 19:00
Herzliya: 20.8. at 20:30
Holon: 4.9. at 19:00



 Directed by: Miroslav Krobot
Cast: Tatiana Vilhelmová, Lenka Krobotová, Johana Tesarová
Year: 2014
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Runtime: 102 min 

When she’s not serving regulars in a pub in a sleepy northern Moravian village, thirtysomething Maruna spends time with indecisive mayor Jura, soft-hearted outsider Olin and philandering roofer Kódl. Or she fights with her domineering mother, who is more inclined towards sister Jaruna, the one who gets the chance to leave this godforsaken place. Lightened with a touch of black humor, Krobot’s laconic village drama develops from a superb script, whose authors drew on their familiarity with the people and the region that made their protagonists who they are. Particularly today, when the word “waiting” is perceived entirely negatively, Krobot’s heroes, quite happy to continue living a fairly humdrum existence, might appear to have come from another planet. A powerful element of the film, gradually and carefully built into the plot, is the human respect which Krobot, aided by leading Czech actors, is able to convey to his audience. Somewhere in Moravia betrays a certain affinity with the work of the Czech literary classics, the Mrštík brothers, and with the absurd dramas of the 1960s.

Tel Aviv: 20. 8. at 21:30
Jerusalem: 18. 8. at 18:30
Haifa: 26. 8. at 21:15
Herzliya: 21. 8. at 21:30
Holon: 18. 9. at 19:00



Directed by: Viktor Tauš
Cast: Didier Flamand, Oldřich Kaiser, Jiří Lábus, Kati Outinen, Julie Ferrier, Eva Jeníčková
Year: 2013
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Runtime: 124 min

Life has proved challenging for three individuals who were once part of a famous trio of clowns. Thirty years previously, Oskar, Max and Viktor came together as the celebrated troupe Busters, yet despite their popularity with audiences, they ended up going their separate ways. Oskar has now returned after three decades in emigration, but mutual accusations still hang in the air. Perhaps the “guilty party” is something beyond a mere failure to surmount the obstacles life plans for us all. Wrongs of the past can’t be concealed behind a red clown nose. The film resourcefully distinguishes the protagonists’ different temperaments and also reflects their individuality in its depiction of the environments they inhabit. The sorrow of human relationships is betrayed in the personalities of three clowns who are perhaps given their last chance to shake off old injustices. This sensitive picture adopts a candid approach to the heroes’ advancing age and to the trivialities in their lives, and shows understanding in exposing their fragility. It also demonstrates that life is more often a horror show than light-hearted slapstick.

Screenings: Tel Aviv: 18. 8. at 18:30
Jerusalem: 22. 8. at 16:30
Haifa: 24. 8. at 21:00
Herzliya: 28. 8. at 21:30
Holon: 11. 9. at 19:00


 will be followed by Q&A with the producer Jarmila Poláková.

 Directed by: Miroslav Janek
Producer: Jarmila Poláková
Year: 2014
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Runtime: 87 min

After the huge success of Citizen Havel, renowned documentarist Miroslav Janek took up the reigns of both director and DOP and launched into a portrait of former First Lady Olga Havlová. The film bearing the subtitle A report on the observation of a subject who refused to talk and did just what she wanted is not, and doesn’t attempt to be, an exhaustive depiction of the life of Olga Havlová featuring a chronological sequence of events and precise biographical data. Filmmaker Janek instead allows previously unreleased archive footage and photographs to speak freely for themselves, placing emphasis on capturing the spirit of the period and aspects of Havlová’s life that were out of the political limelight. Witty recollections from friends and acquaintances are here intriguingly interwoven with excerpts from files the secret police kept on Havlová. This highly original film, skilfully edited by veteran Tonička Janková, offers a portrait of an exceptional individual who would have turned 81 on 11 July this year. And Ms. Havlová would certainly have been pleased with the result: objective, gently, humorous, sincere and, above all, understated.



Tel Aviv: 17. 8. at 19:00
Jerusalem: 24. 8. at 21:00
Haifa: 20. 8. at 19:00
Herzliya: 26. 8. at 19:00
Holon: 17. 8. at 18:00

Directed by: Miroslav Janek
Producer: Ondřej Zima
Year: 2015
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Runtime: 79 min


This film presents the history of one of the world’s oldest film festivals, the Karlovy Vary IFF, which is only now marking its 50th edition due to the upheavals of the previous century. We return to 1946, the year the festival was launched in Mariánské Lázně as a non-competitive event whose film screenings were also held in Karlovy Vary. When the festival moved permanently to Vary it incorporated a feature film competition. From 1957 to 1968 coverage of the festival (which was forced to alternate with the Moscow IFF beginning in 1959) was provided by the outstanding on-site broadcasts known as “Moments,” hosted by Miroslav Horníček. Czech TV archives provided further footage of the fluctuating fortunes of a festival that was finally resurrected in 1994 with the arrival of its current management who made it what it is today – one of the most respected film festivals in Europe. The film is interwoven with interviews with former colleagues, contemporaries and historians.


Tel Aviv: 24. 8. at 18:00
Jerusalem: 19. 8. at 19:00
Haifa: 16. 8. at 19:00
Herzliya: 26. 8. at 20:45
Holon: 9. 9. at 18:00

Directed by: Miloš Forman
Cast: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík, Milada Jezková, Josef Sebánek 
Year: 1965
Language: Czech
Subtitles: Hebrew
Runtime: 88 min

Out in the Czech countryside, a shoe factory owner petitions the People’s Army to station a division of soldiers in his town, where the women outnumber the men sixteen to one. The arrival of the troops is greeted with great excitement, but the girls in the town are disappointed to see that the men are older reservists, and not the strapping young men they’d envisioned. Still, when a band plays at the local pub, the girls show up to be ogled by the older men, many of whom are married. A trio of reservists sends a bottle of wine to Andula, Marie, and Jana, and the girls argue over whether or not to acknowledge the gesture. But Andula catches the eye of the comparatively dashing young pianist, Milda... A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, drew a lot of attention to the Czech New Wave, and jumpstarted the international filmmaking career of director Milos Forman.

Tel Aviv: 19. 8. at 19:00
Jerusalem: 26. 8. at 19:00
Haifa: 30. 8. at 19:00
Herzliya: 29. 8. at 18:00
Holon: 7. 9. at 20:30

Directed by: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Cast: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková
Year: 1965
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: Hebrew
Runtime: 128 min

Set in a small town in Slovakia during World War II, The Shop on Main Street is a poignant story that focuses on an individual’s responsibility to fight prejudice and oppression. A law prohibiting Jews from owning businesses provides the opportunity for Tono, a hapless carpenter, to take possession of a button shop formerly run by Rozálie Lautmanová, an elderly, deaf Jewish woman. Their relationship grows from one of begrudging tolerance to a gentle, protective love. The movie’s emphasis on serious moral, ethical, and social concerns, its juxtaposition of comedy with tragedy, and its utilization of fantastic or surreal elements mark it as a cornerstone of the movement known as the Czech New Wave. It was the first film from Eastern Europe to be awarded an Oscar. Although shown in Europe in 1965, the film was released in Los Angeles the following year, making it eligible for nominations in other categories in the 1966 Academy Awards; Kaminska was then nominated as best actress for her sensitive performance. 

Tel Aviv: 24. 8. at 21:00
Jerusalem: 23. 8. at 20:45
Haifa: 31. 8. at 18:30
Herzliya: 27. 8. at 20:30
Holon: 10. 9. at 18:00

Directed by: Juraj Herz
Cast: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová
Year: 1969
Language: Czech
Subtitles: Hebrew
Runtime: 128 min

The story is set in 1930s Prague, where the cremator Karel Kopfrkingl lives and works. The story combines features from black comedy and horror. It is often recognized as a follower of German Expressionist film and also as an example of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The film was banned after its premiere in 1969, and remained in the vault until the collapse of the communist system in Czechoslovakia in 1989. Film is based on a novel by Ladislav Fuks that was recetnly translated to Hebrew. The screenplay was written by Herz and Fuks. The film was selected as the Czechoslovakian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. In 1972, it won the Festival de Cine de Sitges Best Film award, where it also received awards for its star Rudolf Hrušínský and cinematographer Stanislav Milota. Well praised from movie critics, The Cremator is considered to be one of the best movies ever made in Czechoslovakia as well as a prominent cult film.

Tel Aviv: 22. 8. at 20:30
Jerusalem: 21. 8. at 14:00
Haifa: 17. 8. at 21:00 
Holon: 16. 9. at 20:30

Program to download.

Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Herzliya, Holon, Rosh Pina

From: 16 Aug 2015
To: 6 Sep 2015


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