The "Czech That Film" International Film Festival, the second annual touring program of the best new films out of the Czech Republic, is coming to Los Angeles. The series is organized and curated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and will be running May 10 - June 3 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater.
The fest kicks off with first-time director Zdenek Jirasky's "Flower Buds," winner of four Czech Lions in 2012, centering on the struggles of a small-town family. Closing the series is David Ondricek's brilliant neo-noir and Czech Oscar entry "In the Shadow," starring a top-notch Ivan Trojan as a detective in currency reform-era Prague investigating a mishandled burglary case. (Our TOH! review of the film is here; Ondricek was named by Variety as one of the directors to watch in 2013.) Both Jirasky and Ondricek will be in person at the fest.
You can buy tickets via the UCLA Film & Television Archive site. Here's the full lineup, short and sweet:
2013 FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater:
10899 Wilshire Blvd // Los Angeles, CA // 90024
Screenings will start at 7:30 p.m.
All films are in Czech with English subtitles.
Friday, May 10 “Flower Buds” (followed by Q&A with director)
Saturday, May 11 “Gypsy” followed by “Made in Ash” (double feature)
Thursday, May 16 “Polski Film” followed by “Signal” (double feature)
Monday, May 20 “The House”
Monday, June 3 “In the Shadow” (followed by Q&A with director)