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Czech That Film

(This article expired 25.12.2013.)

Touring festival of current Czech cinema. From award-winning masterpieces to cultural showcases, the Czech That Film festival introduces new Czech cinema for five months to ten cities in the United States.

June 13th - September 19th, 2013

Sponsored by Staropramen

 Czech That Film in New York features 6 new Czech films combined with a small retrospective of 4 films by Jiri Menzl.  It opens on June 13th with the film In the Shadow, with the participation of the director David Ondricek, and a Staropramen opening party. The festival will continue throughout the summer on the BNH roof top and will close on September 19 with the screening of the latest film Donsajni by Jiri Menzl, who will be present for a Q&A.

In the shadow/Ve stinu
dir. David Ondricek, 2012, 101 min,Q&A with the director after the 2nd screening
Thursday, June 13, 6pm and 8pm, BNH cinema


Crime and mystery force a detective to risk his life in search of the truth in Stalinist Czechoslovakia. Submitted as the Czech entry for 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

 Gypsy/ Cigan
dir.  Martin Sulik, 2011, 103 min, Czech and Slovak coproduction
July 2, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Portrait of an impoverished Roma settlement, where racial, cultural, and social issues obstruct a normal life for a young boy, who must learn how to overcome prejudices. Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011.

The House/ Dom
debut film by dir. Zuzana Liová 2011, 100 min, Czech and Slovak coproduction
July 9, BNH roof opens at 7pm

An impressive debut offering an intimate and humorous portrait of generational clashes strained by a lack of money and prospects.

Innocence /Nevinnost
dir. Jan Hřebejk, 2011, 98 min
Tuesday,July 16, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Legendary Czech director Hřebejk’s film explores relationships and blurs the boundary of where truth and morality collide. Winner of two 2012 Czech Lion awards and nominated for an additional six, including Best Director.

Don´t stop
dir. Richard Rericha
2012, 97 min, Czech and Slovak coproduction
Tuesday, July 23,
BNH roof opens at 7pm

Jazzed up with punk music, a nostalgic drama about the desire for freedom under the stifling Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

 Made in Ash/ Až do města Aš
debut film by dir Iveta Grófová, 2012, 84 min
Tuesday, July30, BNH roof opens at 7pm

A slice of contemporary life set against the harsh backdrop of a Western Bohemian town on the Czech-German border where scores of Slovaks and Ukrainians arrive looking for a better life.

Hops Pickers/ Starci na chmelu
Ladislav Rychman, 1964, 89 min
August 6, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Czech New Wave classic; a musical comedy dealing with adolescent morality and bureaucracy about a group of students picking hops over the summer under school supervision.

Film retrospective of Academy Award Winning Director Jiří Menzel on occasion of his 75th birthday

Closely Watched Trains/ Ostře sledované vlaky
dir. Jiří Menzel, 1966; 93 min
August 13, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Masterwork of the Czechoslovakian New Wave Cinema captures Bohumil Hrabal's novel about railroad worker during the Nazi occupation and his engagement with the Czech underground.

Cutting it Short/ Postřižiny
dir. Jiří Menzel, 1981, 93 min
August 20, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Comedy based on the novel by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal recollecting his childhood memories from a brewery in a small town. Winner of the Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival in 1981.

I Served the King of England / Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále
dir. Jiří Menzel, 120 min, 2006
August 27, BNH roof opens at 7pm

Graceful and leisurely movie, adapted from a novel by Bohumil Hrabal, covering a time span from 1930s, Nazi occupation and the Communist period. The movie begins at the end of the story, in the 1960s when Ditě is released from a Communist prison in Prague after serving almost fifteen years for becoming rich.

Don Juans/ Donšajni
dir. Jiří Menzel, 2013
Q&A with the director followed by festival closing drink
Thursday, September 19, 7pm, BNH cinema


Menzel’s newest comedy about a small opera ensemble performing Mozart’s Dona Giovanni is an inside in to a theater backstage with its stories of love and disappointment, and a man's lifelong love for soprano opera singers.

Screenings on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall start after dusk. Doors open at 7pm.

In case of bad weather films will be screened at the BNH indoor cinema at 7pm.

Films are in Czech with English subtitles. Program may be subject to change.

Admission: $10, tickets available online at:

Tickets are not refundable.