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Lions of Czech Film: 8 Heads of Madness

Date: 08 August 2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

The film "8 Heads of Madness" follows the life of the talented Russian poet Anna Barkova (1906-1976). She spent twenty-two years of her life in the Gulags, surviving thanks to her poetry, hope for better days, and passionate love for a woman named Valentina.

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Directed by Marta Nováková, 2017, 107 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles

Set in Soviet Russia in 1921, Anna Barkova has just published her first collection of poems and is on the brink of becoming one of the greatest Russian poets. However, a few years later she finds herself in the Gulags, where she ends up spending 22 years of her life.  The film won the Czech Film Critics' Award for Best Artistic Achievement. ​

The film was created by young Czech director Marta Nováková who gives a fresh perspective on this monumental poet. Overall, the film is divided into 8 chapters, each having a different visual style – inspired by Soviet avant-garde and propaganda posters, Russian Art Nouveau and folklore, and the Soviet montage movement of the silent film era.

Event Details:

Date/Time: August 8, 2018, at 8 pm

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

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.theavalon.org/films/8-heads-of-madness/.

Lions of Czech Film Series
This marks the 12th year of collaboration with the Avalon Theatre in presenting 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 Republic's highest honor in film. The Lions of Czech Film Series offers an invaluable opportunity to see the best of Czech cinema in the nation’s capital.