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The Visitors Návštěvníci

  Veronika Lišková

  Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia     85 minutes

Synopsis

After a young Czech anthropologist, Zdenka, moves with her family to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to study how life is changing for this unique polar community, she quickly falls in love with her new home. But all is not sweeping Arctic beauty and quiet serenity in one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas. Besides the threat of melting glaciers and thinning permafrost, Zdenka soon discovers a central tenant of Svalbard’s social policy—which allows citizens from all over the world to work there without a visa—is fueling deep-seated tensions in the area. With a mixture of beautiful Nordic vistas and icy psychological conflict, The Visitors is a remarkably prescient and humanistic story illuminating how the climate crisis, economics, and immigration are inextricably intertwined.

 Czech, English, Norwegian with subtitles 

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Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

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Film Credits

  •   Kristýna Michálek Květová, Martina Netíková
  •   Veronika Lišková
  •   Marek Šulík
  •   Vojtěch Vančura
  •   Zdenka Sokolíčková, Jakub Žárský, Josef Žárský, Vratislav Žárský, Adam Žárský
  •   Jakub Jurásek, Jan Richtr
  •   Jana Winderen, Jonatán Pastirčák
  •   Cinémotif Films, Ten Thousand Images, Peter Kerekes

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Somewhere Over the Chemtrails Kdyby radši hořelo

  Adam Koloman Rybanský

  Czech Republic     85 minutes

Synopsis

Lovable if oafish family man Standa volunteers as a firefighter in a small Czech village. Highly impressionable, he unquestioningly follows the advice of his older colleague, the conspiracy-obsessed Bronya. When a car accident interrupts the town’s Easter celebration and injures a townsperson, Bronya seizes the opportunity to stoke racial animus by claiming the crash was an act of terrorism. A farcical display ensues as the fearful locals arm themselves against the non-existent threat. An incisive social satire, Somewhere Over the Chemtrails cleverly lays bare the insidious if banal forces that shape conspiratorial thinking and herd mentality.

 Czech with subtitles 

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Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

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Film Credits

  •   Eva Pavlíčková, Pavel Vácha
  •   Adam Koloman Rybanský, Lukáš Csicsely
  •   Alan Sýs
  •   Matěj Piňos
  •   Michal Isteník, Anna Polívková, Miroslav Krobot
  •   Adam Bláha
  •   Bratři s.r.o.
  •   https://www.plutofilm.de/films/somewhere-over-the-chemtrails/0068

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The Killing of a Journalist

  Matt Sarnecki

  Denmark, United States, Czech Republic     100 minutes

Synopsis

In this gripping political conspiracy docu-thriller, Chicago-born, Bucharest-based filmmaker Matt Sarnecki tracks the story of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnirova, who were brutally murdered in Slovakia in 2018. Following the trail of evidence uncovered by Kuciak’s colleagues, the film traces the mob-style hit to a brazen oligarch closely connected to the highest echelons of Slovakia’s ruling government. Drawing comparisons to last year’s Oscar-nominated Collective and this year’s documentary hit Navalny, The Killing of a Journalist offers both a shocking look at the widespread corruption that exists in Eastern Europe and an inspiring tribute to the power of the press and social protest to affect change.

 English, Slovak with subtitles 

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