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