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28th November 2021 @ 2:20 pm - 8th December 2021 @ 10:45 pm
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A powerful and striking portrayal of a close-knit village community on the Czech-Austrian border between the 1930s and the 1950s where everyone must choose their allegiances when faced with shifting territories and conflicting ideologies. Marie, a Czech, is married to Karel, an older German, and lives with quiet dignity and kindness a happy family life. Persuaded by Karel she changes her nationality to German, a decision they both regret when with the end of the war the village once again becomes Czech. Through the fates of individual villagers and their families Sláma, inspired by a real case of the execution of Germans, builds a tale of life-long neighbours who turn from allies to enemies.
Seen by the director as a celebration of female sensibility and sanity, this is an epic film based on an excellent script and filled with intimate intertwined stories, stunning cinematography and nuanced acting.
Bohdan Sláma, Czech Republic, Slovakia 2020, 135’, English subtitles
Cast: Magdalena Borová, Stanislav Majer, Pavel Nový, Barbora Poláková, Csongor Kassai
Winner of the main Czech Film Critics Award and of seven Czech National Film Awards.
Part of Czech Centre Made in Prague UK Tour