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Please stay posted on this website as new events will be added throughout the year in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Czech Independence!
Bistro Bohem will present the classic film School is the Foundation of Life (Škola základ života) on January 16, 2018, at 7 pm. When a student magazine publishes an essay criticizing a teacher and conditions at the school, the faculty vows to get to the bottom of it. A furious investigation ensues to find the culprit with humorous dynamics play out between the high school students and the teachers. Will the culprit own up to his antics so that the students can participate in an upcoming sports tournament? (Director: Martin Frič, 1938, 92 minutes, Czech with English subtitles)
American University Museum will open the exhibition Kateřina Vincourová: Arteria curated by Karina Kottová on January 27, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm. This exhibition focuses on the fragile nuances of interpersonal relations while at the same time abstracting these notions into an examination of time and space. Vincourová’s work thus becomes a holistic system; a large-scale spatial drawing rather than a collection of individual pieces.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic launches the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of Czech Independence, featuring the opening of the exhibition Masaryk as a Phenomenon, courtesy of the National Museum of the Czech Republic, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 6 pm, with remarks by National Museum Director Michal Lukeš. The special exhibit focuses on the unique personality of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founding father and first President of Czechoslovakia.
Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and FIU in DC for a presentation on The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda,1977-1989. Renowned Czech anti-Communist dissident and Catholic thinker Václav Benda (1946-1999) was an earlier signatory of Charter 77 and served twice as the association's spokesperson. He was a founding member of the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Persecuted (VONS) and served a four-year prison sentence for his dissident activities. Benda was a keen analyst of totalitarianism; his essays delve deeply into life under a communist regime.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic welcomes Igor Lukes, Boston University Professor of History and International Relations, who will give the lecture The Prague Coup d’État in 1948: Heretical Thoughts, on February 14, 2018, at 10 am. He proposes to challenge the established view that the outcome of the postwar political crisis in Prague was a preordained affair. Lukes posits that, except for the Communist plotters, the greatest share of responsibility for the loss of Czechoslovakia's democratic identity rested on the shoulders of the democratic politicians.
The Avalon Theatre will screen Milada — a historical drama based on the true story of Milada Horáková, the only woman executed on the basis of fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason in a political show trial by the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia — on February 14, 2018, at 8 pm. The screening is part of the Embassy of the Czech Republic's Lions of Czech Film Series, bringing the best of Czech cinema to Washington. (Dir. David Mrnka, 2017, 118 min., in English)
Bistro Bohem will screen the drama The Spring of Life (Pramen života) on March 20, 2018, at 7 pm. The film, based on the Lebensborn project, follows a young Slavic girl named Gretka who passes a race examination and is groomed for breeding with a Nazi SS officer at a remote sanitarium. Variety critic Eddie Cockrell calls the film “a dignified, absorbing melodrama that, to its immense credit, dodges the lurid at every turn.” The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Fest and a Czech Lion for best screenplay in 2000. (Director: Milan Cieslar, 2000, 110 min., in Czech, Polish and German with English subtitles)
The Delegation of the European Union presents the exhibition For Our and Their Freedom, a collection of over 20 interviews from citizens of Warsaw pact countries which took part in protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Their testimonies, together with documents collected from Soviet, Polish, Hungarian, German, Bulgarian, and Czech secret service and personal archives are the basis of the exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invasion. Adam Hradilek, a historian from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, will open the exhibition followed by a talk with special guest Pavel Litvinov, grandson of Maxim Litvinov Stalin’s foreign minister during the 1930s. Pavel participated in the Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion.
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Elementary School (Obecná škola) on July 17, 2018, at 7 pm. The story revolves around young Eda and his relationship with the two authority figures in his life – his father and his teacher Hnízdo. Using strict discipline and stories about his experiences in the war, Hnízdo manages to bring order to a classroom full of obnoxious children who sent their last teacher to the madhouse. The film takes place in the first year after the war in an atmosphere of reborn freedom and new hope. (Director: Jan Svěrák, 1991, 100 min., Czech with English subtitles)
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Cosy Dens (Pelišky) on September 18, 2018, at 7 pm. Set during Christmas 1967, two neighboring families stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Mr. Šebek is a loyal supporter of the regime, while Mr. Kraus, a decorated World War II resistance fighter and Czech nationalist, is staunchly anti-Soviet. The two men constantly argue, while the wives try to keep the peace. Meanwhile, the Šebek's teenage son Michal becomes infatuated with the Kraus's daughter Jindriska. She, though, has a crush on Elian, a teenager who has long hair, loves the Beatles, and wears American boots. In the end, each member of both families must live out his own story in his own "cozy den" until the Soviet invasion of August 1968 in Czechoslovakia disrupts their world. (Director: Jan Hřebejk, 1999, 116 min., Czech with English subtitles)