Czech That Film festival

Dear friends of Czech cin­e­ma,
usu­al­ly, at this time of the year, the Czech Con­sulate is pre­sent­ing Czech movies dur­ing the Czech That Film fes­ti­val. This year we can not invite you to the actu­al cin­e­ma; how­ev­er, to keep up with the tra­di­tion and to keep the fes­ti­val alive it was moved to a vir­tu­al world. Films will be acces­si­ble at www.czechthatfilm.com , each film avail­able from Mon­day to Sun­day.

Sched­ule of the fes­ti­val:

OLD-TIMERS/ STAŘÍCI — screened from April 27 to May 3

Direct­ed by Mar­tin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník
Two main stars of this film, Jiří Schmitzer and Ladislav Mrkvič­ka, were award­ed by Czech Lion

Syn­op­sis: The fifties are the dis­tant past, and yet the injus­tices of the old regime still keep Vlas­ta awake at night. He doesn’t have many more years to live, but dri­ven by his need for revenge he seeks out his old friend Ton­da in order to real­ize his final wish: to find and kill a com­mu­nist pros­e­cu­tor.

Karel, Me and You / Karel, já a ty - screened from May 4 to May 10
Direct­ed by Bohdan Karásek

Syn­op­sis: Saša feels that her mar­riage to Karel has come to a dead end, so she decides to move out for a while, find­ing refuge with Dušan. Both are try­ing to work out their rela­tion­ships and pro­vide sup­port for each oth­er as uncer­tain­ty gets the bet­ter of them.

The Cage/ Klec - screened from May 11 to May 17
Direct­ed by Jiří Stra­ch

Syn­op­sis: Kvě­ta Galová, a for­mer teacher strug­gling with soli­tude in a ground-floor flat some­where on the out­skirts of Prague. She fills her days look­ing after the local church and its res­i­dent priest, but he is soon sent else­where. Just when it seems that no-one needs her any­more a mys­te­ri­ous young man steps into her life, claim­ing to be a dis­tant rel­a­tive.

On the Roof / Na střeše- screened from May 18 to May 24
Direct­ed by Jiří Mádl

Syn­op­sis: Song, 20-year-old Viet­namese, hoped for a bet­ter future in Europe but now, in a Viet­namese dis­trict in Prague, he is trapped in a mar­i­jua­na grow house and has life of a mod­ern slave. Police crush­es in. Song runs away on the rooftop of a con­do build­ing in a near­by dis­trict where he breaks down. Mr. Rypar lives alone. He is fond of the old times, liv­ing in a strong oppo­si­tion to mod­ern world. Rypar goes up on the roof and meets Song stand­ing on the very edge of the roof cry­ing.

Overfin­gers / Přes prsty- screened from May 25 to May 31
Direct­ed by Petr Kolečko

Syn­op­sis: Lin­da and Pavla, beach vol­ley­ball play­ers, are will­ing to give up every­thing for their sports goals. Younger Pavla, how­ev­er, has late­ly anoth­er goal too — to start a fam­i­ly with her boyfriend Hynek. The old­er, sin­gle and child­less Lin­da does­n’t have much under­stand­ing for Pavla´s desires since they final­ly man­aged to qual­i­fy for Euro­pean cham­pi­onship.

The Play/ Hra- screened from June1 to June 7
Direct­ed by Ale­jan­dro Fer­nán­dez Almen­dras
Syn­op­sis: The world of the young the­atre direc­tor Petr in a small Czech town crum­bles after he decides to real­ize his dream: to adapt an over­ly ambi­tious play based on Euripi­des’ clas­sic Phae­dra. Petr falls for young actress Karolí­na, who plays the lead. Short­ly before the pre­miere both women leave him. Petr attempts to save his mas­ter­piece, but the play is a fias­co.

We hope you enjoy the fes­ti­val even in the dif­fer­ent for­mat.

Wish­ing you all the best in this unprece­dent­ed times, keep safe and stay healthy.

Sin­cere­ly,

Gen­erál­ní konzulát České repub­liky
Con­sulate Gen­er­al of the Czech Repub­lic
2 Bloor St.W., Suite 1500
Toron­to, ON, M4W 3E2
www.mzv.cz/Toronto