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Lions of Czech Film: Gypsy

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On April 10, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theater will screen GYPSY (Cigan), a moving story of a boy who tries to cross the boundary of his Roma shantytown and improve the lives of his brothers and sisters. Director Martin Šulík received the Special Prize of the Jury at the Karlovy International Film Festival for this film.

Gypsy (Cigan)
DIR: Martin Šulik
2011, 100 min., Slovak and Romany with English subtitles

Gypsy tells the story of Adam, a boy who, after his father dies, tries to cross the boundary of his Roma shantytown and improve the lives of his brothers and sisters. He encounters racial, social, and cultural prejudices and comes into conflict with the unwritten laws of his own community. Circumstances turn against him and his situation drives him to commit a tragic act—murder.

Festivals and Awards (selection): Received the Special Prize of the Jury and the Don Quijote Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as well as was nominated for the Crystal Globe (2011). Nominated for the Grand Prix Award for best film at the Ghent International Film Festival (2011), among others. Garnered a nomination for the SIGNIS awards at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

About the Lions of Czech Film Series:
This marks the seventh year of 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.

The Avalon Theater
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at www.theavalon.org.
For more information, call the box office at (202) 966-3464, or to hear general information about films playing at the Avalon, call (202) 966-6000.

Lions of Czech Film Series - 2013

April 10: Gypsy (Cigan)
May 8: Matchmaking Mayor (Nesvatbov)
June 12: Lidice (Lidice)