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28 Mar 2016 19:00

Elementary School

Czech Centre Tel Aviv is joining the initiative of worldwide celebration of the 80th birthday of the Czech actor and screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák by organizing a screening of the restored film Elementary School in Tel Aviv. The idea was initiated by the Oscar winning film director and son of the birthday honoree, Jan Svěrák. The film will be screened at the same time in more than one hundred movie theatres in the Czech Republic as well as all over the world.

About the movie

This gentle comedy takes place just after World War II., during the academic year 1945-46. Ten-year-old Eda and his friend Tonda attend an elementary school in Prague suburbs. They are pupils of an all-boy class famous for its bad behavior. No wonder one day the teacher is driven out of her mind. Although it seems there exists no remedy, nevertheless… The teacher is replaced by Igor Hnízdo – allegedly the hero of several military operations – an energetic, uncompromising and just man. His only weakness is his great interest in the fair sex. In no time the little tyrants who have been taken by surprise turn into meek sheep, ready to defend their new teacher at any time and any place. Reticent Eda watches him, comparing him with his own unvaliant father who, in reality, my however have been and probably is much more of a hero…

Script writer Zdenek Sverak has created an autobiographical mosaic of his childhood memories, returning to the time when he was ten years old. At this crucial stage, boys are still children but already perceive the adults’ world with great intensity. This extraordinarily ordinary and artfully simple film endowed with intelligent humor is rich in many surprises, secrets, as well as in an understanding attitude toward human weaknesses. The story will no doubt be a refreshing balm for the souls of the viewers who are constantly attacked by violence, cynicism and formal emptiness.

Reserve your tickets at telaviv@czech.cz


Photos from the movie here




Tel Aviv Cinemateque


28 Mar 2016 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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