Film Countries Archives: Czech Republic

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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 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Veronika Lišková
*Subject to change

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 1:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Veronika Lišková
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

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 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 12:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Virtual Screening

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 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Matt Sarnecki
*Subject to change

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Director Matt Sarnecki
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

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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There Is No Evil Sheytan vojud nadarad

  Mohammad Rasoulof

  Germany, Czech Republic, Iran 150 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the Midwestern United States
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri).

Synopsis

Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival

Four thematically connected, meticulously constructed stories follow characters whose decisions to carry out executions (or not) have life- and soul-altering consequences. Devoted family man Heshmat cares for his aging mother, wife, and daughter—but where does he go every morning before dawn? Young soldier Pouya, who has been assigned to the prison death penalty unit, will do anything to escape his military duty. Javad gets a short leave to surprise his beloved Nana on her birthday—but when he arrives, he receives an even bigger shock. Bahram must explain to his niece why he has abandoned his medical career to live as a beekeeper. At once sobering and heady, Mohammad Rasoulof’s brilliant anthology film offers a humanistic reflection on the exacting social, psychological, and emotional toll of taking another’s life.

 Farsi with subtitles 

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Charlatan

  Agnieszka Holland

  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia 118 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.
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Synopsis

In this richly drawn portrait, celebrated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, Spoor) manifests the riveting life and work of Czech herbalist and faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who cured hundreds with natural remedies. Magnanimous with his abilities, he treated the poor and wealthy alike, never turning away a patient—including the occupying Nazis forces and the president of the country. Yet, it was this last relationship that led to Mikolášek’s downfall, as he was prosecuted for charlatanism by the subsequent Communist government. In yet another incisive historical tale, Holland shines a light on a singular, extraordinary figure and reveals the complexity of—and human susceptibility to—the political machinations of the times.

Charlatan becomes entangled in its conflicting mesh of traits and time periods, but the film is only able to become more than the sum of its frustrating parts because it embraces those complications in the first place”
IndieWire

 Czech with subtitles 

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