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Film: Grandhotel

(This article expired 27.01.2013.)

January 11, 8 pm - The Avalon Theatre will screen Grandhotel by director David Ondříček. This metaphorical tale is set in a famous hotel overlooking Liberec. Vlasta Fleischman works as a guard in the hotel but desires to escape.

Grandhotel (Grandhotel)
2006, 96 min, in Czech with English subtitles | DIR: David Ondříček

Synopsis: Every day, Fleischman thinks about how to fly away from the hotel, from his far-from-successful life. A fool would construct wings, but Fleischman sews a hot air balloon. The day for his flight from Liberec would have arrived if the beautiful chambermaid Ilja had not entered his life. Ilja, though, is not single and suffers in a relationship with Patka, an arrogant waiter. Patka doesn't want to let Ilja go, confident that everything he does is done for the two of them. However, Ilja is attracted, upwards, to Fleischman.

Festivals and Awards (selection): Won Czech Lions for Best Music and Best Sound (2007). Nominated for a Czech Lion Award for Best Film. Nominated for the Golden Star Award (David Ondříček) at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Location: The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

Tickets: Purchase tickets 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.

About the Lions of Czech Film Series: This marks the sixth 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.

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