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Lions of Czech Film: Home Care

Date: 10 August 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

Variety Magazine calls director Slávek Horák's film "Home Care" (Domácí péče), "wryly humorous and bittersweet...an appealing humanist tale that puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of the Czech cinema, the village dramedy." Enjoy this moving film at the Avalon Theatre as part of the Lions of Czech Film Series. The film represented the Czech Republic for contention in the Academy Awards 2016. 

Home Care | Domácí péče
2015, 92 min., in Czech with English subtitles    
Directed by: Slávek Horák    

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulová) attends her whimsical patients in her Southern Moravia country region. After Vlasta learns about her own serious illness and need for help, she has to reach outside of her comfort zone for it. Thanks to the daughter of one of her patients who introduces her to an esoteric mentor, Vlasta starts to discover the realm of alternative healing which leads to understanding herself, hopefully... All this is frowned upon by her husband Láda (Bolek Polívka), who doesn’t believe in “all this nonsense” one bit. Thus Vlasta has to fight both her illness and her husband’s “common sense.” Drama and comedy intertwine as Vlasta realizes—for the first time in her life—that she needs care too... Focusing strongly on authenticity of story and performances, Home Care blends contrasts of comic and tragic, of everyday struggles and universal visions, into an emotional journey of a middle-aged woman’s self-discovery.

Awards: The film was the Czech Republic’s selection for the Academy Awards. Lead actress Alena Mihulová received a Czech Lion for Best Actress (2016). The film was nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Bolek Polívek), Best Supporting Actress (Zuzana Krónerová and Tatiana Vilhelmová) and Best Screenplay. Additionally, the film won numerous awards at festivals, including the Copper Wing Award and World Cinema Award at the Phoenix Film Festival 2016.

The film is also a part of the Czech That Film Festival.

About the Director: Slávek Horák has been called one of the top ten directors to watch by Variety Magazine. He accredits
his influences to 1960s Czech New Wave, Woody Allen and Alexander Payne. His films have earned him comparisons to Czech
renowned directors such as Miloš Forman and Jiří Menzel. He is a graduate of the Zlin Film School in the Czech Republic
and took courses in directing and screenwriting at FAMU, a prestigious film school in Prague. Over the course of 15 years, he directed over 120 commercials. In 2012, he started his own production company TVORBA films. Home Care is his feature debut which he also wrote and produced.

Event Details:

Date: August 10, 2016, 8 pm

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

Tickets are available at the box office or online at  www.theavalon.org.

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.