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Lions of Czech Film: Us 2

Date: 09 December 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

An unconventional "love story," director Slobodanka Radun's "Us 2" (My 2) centers on two people and their attempts to escape the trap of their own desires of belonging to somebody.

Us 2 | My 2
2014, 99 min., in Czech with English subtitles
Directed by: Slobodanka Radun    

“A love story...debut by Slobodanka Radun unfolds in contemporary Prague which, thanks to the film’s clear artistic vision, appears as a modern and volatile metropolis.” ~ Šimon Šafránek, Karlovy Vary IFF

Synopsis: Hoping for change, Ema (Jana Plodková) leaves her family and womanizing husband. She hides at the apartment of her gay hairdresser Tony (Ondrej Nosálek), whom she barely knows. They are merely two strangers connected by their mutual effort to escape from their families. Their liberating friendship teeters on becoming a love affair. This “love story” centers on two people and their attempts to escape the trap of their own desires of belonging to somebody.

Awards: Nominated for a 2015 Czech Lion for Best Actor (Ondrej Nosálek). Screened at numerous film festivals including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
About the Director:     
“For me, directing is one art — all  about getting the best out of actors, keeping your mind open and wits awake, passionately pushing material you have in hands to its supreme form...”
~ Slobodanka Radun

Director / writer Slobodanka Radun studied film and direction at the Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. She has made a series of short documentaries for Czech Television and several commercials. The film US 2 is her feature film debut. She wrote the screenplay for the film with Czech writer Radka Denemarková, whose successful play Sleeping
Disorders (2010) Radun directed at Prague’s Na zábradlí theatre.     

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.