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Lions of Czech Film: Alois Nebel

(This article expired 19.10.2014.)

On December 11, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theater will screen the film ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák. Shot in rotoscoped live-action, the film follows train dispatcher Alois Nebel, who works at a railway station on the Czech-Polish border at the end of the 1980s and sees ghosts from the dark past of Central Europe.

Alois Nebel

December 11, 8 pm
DIR: Tomáš Luňák
2011, 84 min., Czech with English subtitles

Shot in the unique style of rotoscoped live-action, the film follows the lonely life of train dispatcher Alois Nebel, who works at the small railway station in Bílý Potok, a remote village on the Czech-Polish border at the end of the 1980s. He prefers old timetables to people and finds the loneliness of the station tranquil -- except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing ghosts from the dark past of Central Europe. Alois can't seem to shake these nightmares and eventually ends up in a sanatorium. There he gets to know The Mute (Karel Roden - Hellboy, Bourne Supremacy). No one knows why he came to Bílý Potok, but his arrival propels Alois on a journey to resolve the long-forgotten memories that are haunting him. The film Alois Nebel is an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name written by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. Festivals and Awards (selection): Winner of the 2012 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

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.

Location:
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.