Sokol Spirit’s 3rd Friday of the Month CZECH FILM SERIES

(English subtitles)


Screenings Begin in the Czech Classroom at 7pm

$5 donation includes free first pilsner, pop or soda





SEPTEMBER 18 FAMILY FRIEND (A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY) /Rodinny Pritel from the Garden Store triology (Zahradnictvi) 2017;  130 Minutes; PG-newsreels show violence; Subtitles; Drama. The first part of the trilogy Garden Store, is a melodrama set in the 1940‘s, during the German occupation. Three young women and two children await the return of their imprisoned husbands and fathers. In those difficult times, a family friend and doctor Jiří is selflessly helping the family community, forced by war to live together. Gradually feelings grow between him and one of the women. The film is a story of love that could not be fulfilled. The filmmaking team of Czech director Jan Hřebejk and writer Petr Jarchovský, two of the most prominent figures in the local film industry, are best known for two films made at the turn of the century: 1999’s nostalgic communist-era Pelíšky (Cozy Dens) and Musíme si pomáhat (Divided We Fall) which was nominated for an Oscar.


OCTOBER 16 THE DESERTER/Dezertér from the Garden Store triology (Zahradnictvi) 2017;  115 Minutes;  PG-Adult themes; Subtitles; Drama. The film is set in the years immediately following WWII, when a brief period of relative freedom and license gives away to communist party rule, impacting the three prosperous families at the center of this saga. Blustery mustachioed Otto indulges his outsized entrepreneurial spirit by opening a swanky spa and hair salon, complete with imported espresso machine. When a dim-witted young party lackey usurps control, Otto’s short-lived revenge plays out in a comic set piece worthy of The Three Stooges, but has bitter repercussions. 


NOVEMBER 20 THE SUITOR/Nápadník from the Garden Store triology (Zahradnictvi) 2017; 113 Minutes; PG-Adult themes; Subtitles; Drama. On its own, Suitor is a sweetly charming little feature that quite nicely captures the lives and attitudes of the common people in full-throttle communist Czechoslovakia in the late 1950s. Without the external drama of the first two films, however - the horrors of WWII and its aftermath, followed by the tensions surrounding the communist coup, which drove apart the central family



JANUARY 15 TALKS WITH T.G.M./Hovory S TGM 2018; 80 minutes; G; Subtitles; Drama; Czech historical film by Jakub Červenka. It premiered 100 years after foundation of Czechoslovakia (starting with lectures at the U. of Chicago in 1918). It is based on a book by Karel Čapek of the same name. It focuses on the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and writer Karel Čapek and their dialogue in 1928 at Topolcianky hunting lodge and gardens-summer residence of T.G.M. from 1923-33. Filmed in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Be transported into Spring as all shots are in the garden! 


FEBRUARY 19 DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT/Demanty noci 1964/2019; black/white; 67 Minutes; PG-Subject; Subtitles; W.W. II drama; Additionally, in 1993, a short documentary by Arnost Lustig analyses director, Jan Nemec’s decisions on content, shots, etc. and five main influences from other films he may have seen when a student at the FAMU School in Prague. With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Nemec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave.  Adapted from a novel by Arnost Lustig, closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods, a hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry.


MARCH 16 JOHN HUS: A JOURNEY OF NO RETURN/Jan Hus: Cesta bez navratu 2017; 52 Minutes; G; Dubbed in English; Biography. Fourteenth century Czech priest and scholar John Hus is considered one of the first Protestant reformers.  His interpretation of scripture and his bold stand against church corruption would strongly influence Martin Luther a century later.  This historically based documentary produced for Czech television features outstanding dramatized scenes that reveal Hus’s humanity and depict his unwavering commitment to God’s mercy and justice. 


APRIL 16 Barefoot or Barefoot on Stalks/Po strništi bos (A prequel to The Elementary School shown September 5, 2014 and from the makers of Kolia). 2017; 111 Minutes; PG: Subtitles; Comedy/Drama. The film follows the young boy Eda Souček and his extended family during World War II. The family has to move to their family home in the countryside because Eda's father refuses to Heil in his job. WWII surrounds Eda, but his window into the conflict is one colored by childlike innocence; the war doesn’t stop an adolescence that includes Mark Twain-like adventures with the local country boys and learning to walk barefoot over sharp stalks of dry grass. 


MAY 21 KOLIA/KOLYA 1996; 105 Minutes with Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (20 Minutes): PG-13 because of adult situations and brief nudity; Subtitles; Drama; Winner of the 1996 Academy Award and Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language film, this irresistible comedy treat was embraced by critics and audience everywhere! A confirmed bachelor is in for the surprise of his life when a get-rich-quick scheme backfires…setting off a wild set of circumstances—and leaving him with a pint-sized new roommate!  Now, with a mischievous five-year-old named Kolya suddenly in his care…life in this once carefree playboy’s tiny apartment changes faster than he could ever imagine! Uplifting and endlessly funny.  


Sokol Spirit’s Education Committee reserves the right to change movies due to circumstances beyond their control.


DO NOT FORGET WORLD BEER CLUB follows in the building’s lower level!




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