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Lions of Czech Film: Clownwise

Date: 11 February 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

Hailed by Czech film critics, the beautifully shot dark comedy Clownwise (Klauni) tells an emotional story of love and forgiveness.  After all this time, who will have the last laugh?

Clownwise (Klauni)

Clownwise (Klauni)

Date: February 11, 2015, 8 pm
Lions of Czech Film Program (PDF, 5 MB)

Clownwise delivers a subtly hilarious outlook on some deeply grave subjects…The film wants us to know that despite what is inevitable to us all, we have to find a way to laugh.” ~Seattle International Film Festival       

Clownwise is a quiet funny drama,” David C. Jones, Vancouver International Film Festival

About the Film:
Oskar, Max, and Victor, once a superstar clown trio called The Busters, split over a heartbreaking disagreement. The trio’s performances personified freedom as the strains of communism weighed heavily upon the nation. After thirty years in exile, Oskar returns to Prague where an unavoidable confrontation ensues with his old pals from the past. Their irresistible humor is challenged by the “joys” of old age. After all this time, who will have the last laugh? (2013, Directed by Viktor Tauš, 120 min., Czech with English subtitles)
Screenwriter: Petr Jarchovský          
Director of photography: Milan Chadima 

Nominated for 8 Czech Lion Awards: Won Best Supporting Actor (Jiří Lábus)
Nominated for 4 Czech Film Critics' Awards: Won for Best Supporting Actor
Selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zDvz29OQbQ

Tickets: www.theavalon.org/films/clownwise/ or at the door.

The screening is part of the Lions of Czech Film Series and the touring Czech That Film Festival
in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic (www.czechthatfilm.com).

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

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