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Lions of Czech Film: Lidice

(This article expired 21.02.2014.)

On June 12, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theater will feature the film LIDICE by director Petr Nikolaev. The burning of Lidice was Nazi Germany's only officially admitted genocidal act during the war. The film presents three interconnected stories in connection with the tragic razing of Lidice in 1942.

DIR: Petr Nikolaev
2011, 110 min., Czech with English subtitles

The film presents three interconnected stories in connection with the tragic razing of Lidice in 1942. The first reveals a family whose patriarch accidentally kills his son in the heat of an argument and then is sentenced to prison. Paradoxically, incarceration saves hi life. The second story centers on a letter that became the pretense for this Nazi massacre, even though it, too, was evidently an innocent lie aimed at covering up for infidelity. The third story is about fear, personal responsibility, and whether surviving is truly winning when one's dignity and honor are lost.

Festivals and Awards (selection): Won the Audience Award at the Phoenix Film Festival (2012). Nominated for five Czech Lion Awards, including Best Actor (Karel Roden), Best Cinematography (Antonio Riestra), Best Editing (Adam Dvořák), Best Screenplay (Zdeněk Mahler), and Best Sound (Marek Hart, 2012).

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.