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Lions of Czech Film: Matchmaking Mayor

(This article expired 21.02.2014.)

On May 8, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theater will run the documentary film MATCHMAKING MAYOR (Nesvatbov). In the film, a village major tries to bring together local singles in their thirties in order to help build a village that is slowly dying out.

Matchmaking Mayor (Nesvatbov)
DIR: Erika Hníková, Czech co-production
2010, 72 min., Slovak with English subtitles

In this documentary, a village mayor tries to bring together local singles in their thirties. Slowly but surelym the Slovak village of Zemplínske Hámre is dying out. Its mayor, a retired general, refuses to give up. He has used a variety of weapons, such as offering financial incentives for every newborn child or encouraging childbearing via the local PA system. None of it has worked. However, the mayor has a new plan. He decides to organize an evening get-together for singles from all the neighboring villages. Will our heroes find their parners after all?

Festivals and Awards (selection): Won the Reader Jury of the "Tagesspiegel" Award at the Berlin IFF (2011). Nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii IFF (2011).

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

May 8: Matchmaking Mayor (Nesvatbov)
June 12: Lidice (Lidice)