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Cinema of Czech Republic - Indie Memphis Film Screenings

Cinema  Family Friend

In collaboration with Indie Memphis, films from the Czech Republic will be screened each week in May on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evenings.

Save the date - Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to hear from one of the Czech Republic’s most prolific filmmakers, Jan Hrebejk who has directed more than 15 films for theaters and TV since Divided We Fall became an international success in 2000.

Family Friend (2017) directed by Jan Hrebejk, Tuesday, May 8 at 7 PM

Featuring special Q&A with director Jan Hřebejk attending the screening

Love, friendship and loyalty leave deep imprints on the family lives of women brought together by destiny. Set in the early 40s during German occupation, this melodrama depicts three young women and two children as they await the return of their imprisoned husbands and fathers from Nazi concentration camps. The film tells a story of forbidden love that remains unfulfilled, friendship bigger than life, desire, departures and returns.

The film is the first part of director Jan Hřebejk’s trilogy Garden Store (Zahradnictví), also comprised of the films Deserter (Dezertér) and Suitor (Nápadník).

MALCO Ridgeway Four
5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy - Memphis, TN 38120
General Admission $10
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Cinema  Daisies

Daisies (1966) directed by Vera Chytilová, Tuesday, May 15 at 7 PM

Perhaps New Wave cinema’s most anarchic entry, this absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.

MALCO Studio on the Square
2105 Court Avenue - Memphis, TN 38104
General Admission $10
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Cinema  Loves Of A Blonde

Loves of a Blonde (1965) directed by Milos Forman, Tuesday, May 22 at 7 PM

With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned director Milos Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations.

MALCO Ridgeway Four
5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy - Memphis, TN 38120
General Admission $10
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Cinema  Ice Mother

Ice Mother  (2017) directed by Bohdan Sláma, Tuesday, May 29 at 7 PM

Is it possible to break out of one’s routine and head into a new direction late in life? Sixty-year- old Hana is unexpectedly given the impulse to do just that when she meets her contemporary Broňa. He encourages her to take up physical conditioning, especially swimming. Hana’s grown-up sons have been brazenly abusing her generosity for years. They feel that their mother’s new friend could jeopardize their power position. The prospect of a new romance with a hardy nonconformist, who arrives at a family lunch with a hen friend called Adele, finally goads Hana into changing the established order. In his new tragicomedy, director Bohdan Sláma continues to examine familiar themes – broken family relationships, the quest for love and happiness, and the characters’ ability to transform their lives. WINNER - Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival

MALCO Studio on the Square
2105 Court Avenue - Memphis, TN 38104
General Admission $10
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Cinema  Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders

Valerie & Her Week of Wonders (1970) directed by Jaromil Jires, Wednesday, May 30 at 7 PM

A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

Crosstown Arts
430 Cleveland St- Memphis, TN 38104
Admission: “Pay What You Can”
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