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Lions of Czech Film: Lousy Bastards

(This article expired 12.06.2014.)

Date: 11 June 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: The Avalon Theatre

On June 11, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theatre will screen director Roman Kasparovšký's debut film LOUSY BASTARDS (Všiváci) as part of the Czech That Film Series and the continuing Lions of Czech Film Series. Special guest, Czech actor Jiří Mádl will open the screening. The film follows the lives of two brothers who separate after falling in love with the same girl.

This multi-layered story follows the lives of two brothers who separate after falling in love with the same girl. One brother is an expert in neurosurgery and lives a bohemian life in the capital. The other is a veteran who served in Afghanistan and takes care of his two daughters in a small village. Although they share the same origins and social backgrounds, their lifestyles are completely different. However, they do have one thing in common -- a longing for love. The debuting director and writer Roman Kašparovský entrusted the main roles to Czech leading actors Ondřej Vetchý and Jiří Langmajer. The film was made under the auspices of Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra and the military scenes were shot at the Czech military base in Afghanistan. (DIR: Roman Kašparovský, 100 minutes, 2014, Czech with English subtitles)

Special Guest:
Czech actor Jiří Mádl was poised to become a professional ice hockey player, but an elbow injury changed his plans forever. He auditioned for and won the leading role in Karel Janák's comedy Snowboarders and was the youngest person ever named to the Personalities of the Czech Republic list by the Czech magazine MF DNES. Following the success of Snowboarders, he took on three more comic roles: Taming Crocodiles (2006), Rafters (2006), and Rock Con Artists (2006). His English language debut film was Bathory, directed by legendary Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko. Shortly after, he starred in Night Owls (2008), directed by Oscar Nominee Michaela Pavlatová. His role in this film made him the youngest recipient ever of the Crystal Globe for Best Actor at the 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. For more information about the actor, please visit www.artists4film.com/portfolio/jiri-madl/

About the Director:
Roman Kašparovský graduated from the prestigious Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 2006. He is an experienced producer and production manager, working on such films as Restart (2005), Mamas & Papas (2010), and Lidice (2011).

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLubnlFdZ2c (in Czech)

Czech That Film Series is a touring festival of some of the most recent films from the Czech Republic. For more information about the touring film series, please visit www.czechthatfilm.com.

Lions of Czech Film Series:
This marks the eighth year of the Embassy of the Czech Republic's collaboration with the Avalon Theatre to present the Lions of Czech Film Series. This film series gives the Washington, DC, community an opportunity to view Czech films that are popular hits in Europe and have received numerous honors and awards at film festivals. Most of the films have received the prestigious Czech Lion Award, the Czech equivalent of an Academy Award. All of the films have limited distribution in the United States. The Lions of Czech Film Series offers an invaluable opportunity to see the best of Czech cinema in the nation's capital.