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Film and Beer Series: Big Beat

Date: 18 April 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Venue: Bistro Bohem

Bistro Bohem will feature the Czech smash musical comedy "Big Beat" (Šakalí léta) by director Jan Hřebejk on April 18, 2017, at 7 pm, as part of the ongoing film and beer series. Set in 1959, a newcomer known as “Baby” brings rock ‘n’ roll to a small quiet town, disrupting the peace and sending the community all ablaze. (1993, Czech with English subtitles, 110 min.)   

When “Baby” (Martin Dejdar) comes to town to take care of his aunt, he sets the town on fire with his eccentric style and song. Sporting a black and white checkered jacket, yellow paisley tie, and brilliant red shirt and shoes, he is hard to miss in the community restricted under Communism. He brings with him records, a guitar on his back, and a love for rock “n” roll – with moves like Elvis.  The film centers on young love and living during a time of control under a totalitarian regime.

Jan Hřebejk is a director and screenwriter. He has won over 20 awards including: Best Director at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for the film Honeymoon (Líbanky, 2013), Czech Lions for Best Director of the films Up and Down (Horem pádem, 2004), Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat, 2000), and Big Beat (Šakalí léta, 1994). His film Kawasaki’s Rose (Kawasakiho růže, 2009) was the Czech entry for the Oscars. Other award-winning films include Cosy Dens (Pelíšky, 1999), Pupendo (2003), and Beauty in Trouble (Kráska v nesnázích, 2006). Big Beat (Šakalí léta, 1993) was his feature film directorial debut.  

Event Details:
Date: April 18, 2017, 7 pm
Location: Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

RSVP required:
202/735-5895 or bistrobohem@gmail.com | Admission is free!
Guests must arrive by 6:45 pm to keep their reservation.
Website: www.BistroBohem.com

About the series: This marks the sixth year of the Film and Beer Series at Bistro Bohem. This year, the series focuses on Czech musicals and comedies of the twentieth century. All films will screen in Czech with English subtitles. Each screening includes one free beer as well as an introduction by a representative from the Czech Embassy. All screenings are subject to change.

May 16, 7 pm: Lemonade Joe | Limonádový Joe
Director: Oldřich Lipský, 1964, 95 min., Czech w/English subtitles

June 20, 7 pm: A Night at Karlstejn | Noc na Karlštejně
Director: Zdeněk Podskalský, 1974, 85 min., Czech w/English subtitles