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The film festival “Humour Behind the Iron Curtain“

The film festival “Humour Behind the Iron Curtain“ was held 1 – 21 June 2012 at the Cinematheque in Copenhagen. The festival focused on satire, parody and a specific sense of humour known from the former Central European communist countries, nowadays the Visegrad Four.

During its presidency of the Visegrad Four, the Czech Embassy in Copenhagen in cooperation with the Danish Film Instituteand the Embassies of Slovakia, Poland and Hungary prepared a mini film festival under the title of Humour Behind the Iron Curtain.

During the course of three weeks in June the spectators had the opportunity to see the movies from previous century‘s 60´s – 80´s presenting a unique humour of the former communist countries of Central Europe.

Humor v Cinemateket

The festival was launched on 1 June 2012 in the Cinematheque by the Czech Ambassador, Zdeněk Lyčka, and the Cinematheque´s programme director, Jesper Andersen. For the opening evening the Polish cult movie Sexmission (1984) by director Julius Machulski was chosen. After the screening the guests were invited to a little reception prepared by the embassies of the V4 member countries.

The festival showed eight movies representing the Czechoslovak, Polish and Hungarian cinematography. The movies were provided with English subtitles and each of them was shown twice.

Welcome Speech by the Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka

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Festival_Programme.pdf 773 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Oct 19, 2012

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