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Lions of Czech Film: The Greedy Tiffany

Date: 13 April 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theater

Described by debut director Andy Fehu as a comedy-horror, "The Greedy Tiffany" (Nenasytná Tiffany) centers on a treasure hunt that begins to consume one’s life. Pepa (Leoš Noha) drinks cheap booze and makes a living robbing cottages and then pawns off the goods. After nearly getting shot on one of his outings, he discovers an abandoned video camera in a field that points to a mysterious treasure of enormous value. 

With a metal detector in hand, Pepa goes in hunt for this buried treasure that could change his life forever. However, he finds that many others are also looking for the same thing and the treasure itself has its own plans for anyone who tries to touch it.

In regards to the story, Radio Praha asked director Andy Fehu about the inspiration behind the film. He said, “Lost treasure is something with roots in Bohemia: people occasionally find lost treasure from earlier times. But the film is based more on the recent phenomenon of treasure hunting using metal detectors. This is more and more popular as a hobby in the Czech Republic and that served as an inspiration. The film is not about a concrete treasure however. It can be anything.” 

Set in a “real” place, Horní Jiřetín, the town is at the edge of a huge open pit mine where there are also lots of dark forests which created the tone for the story. The film is shot in a partially documentary style, using a hand-held camera, small crews, little equipment, and a low budget.

Directed by Andy Fehu, 2015, 80 min., Czech with English subtitles

The film was featured during the 50th anniversary of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Listen to/read the full interview with the director on Radio Praha

Event Details:

Date: April 13, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Avalon Theater 
5612 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20015

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