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V4 Film Series: Black Peter

Date: 06 June 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

This coming of age story marks Miloš Froman’s film debut, exploring summer in a small Czech town during the 1960s. Before coming to the United States, Forman received international acclaim as one of the leaders of the Czechoslovak New Wave, a movement that included some of the most attractive films produced in Europe at that time. The acclaimed director recently passed away on April 13, 2018. In tribute to his profound cinematic legacy, the Embassy presents this classic film!    

Black Peter (Černý Petr) centers on a 16-year-old supermarket trainee named Peter. Assigned to look out for shoplifters, he’d rather be checking out girls at the pool. Problems at work arise when he fails to confront a suspicious customer. Meanwhile, his dad constantly nags him and his girlfriend starts paying attention to his friend. Can Peter keep his job and smooth over relations with his girlfriend? The film was selected as the best picture of 1963 by Czech film critics. (Dir. Miloš Forman, 1963, 85 min., Czech with English subtitles)     

Award-winning director Miloš Forman grew up in a small town near Prague, Czech Republic. He was hailed as a major talent of the Czech New Wave with films exploring social and moral issues, including Loves of a Blonde (1965) and Firemen’s Ball (1967), which was banned after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Forman later came to the United States and made several successful films, notably One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), winning five Academy Awards: best picture, best director, best actor (Jack Nicholson), best actress (Louise Fletcher), and best adapted screenplay. Forman went on to win a second Oscar for directing the film Amadeus (1984). Some of his better known films include Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Man on the Moon (1999), and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). His films address questions of personal freedom, social conformity, and the oppression of the individual. 

Date/Time: June 6, at 6 pm        

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic             
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW        
Washington, DC 20008

RSVP to https://blackpeter.eventbrite.com

Embassy Security Policy: For entrance, all guests will be subject to security screening. Photo ID is required and must match RSVP confirmation for each individual. No admittance will be permitted without proper registration. Bags and suitcase are not allowed. Only small purses are permitted but must be opened for inspection. Coat check is not available.      

V4 FILM SERIES: The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Four or simply V4, is a group of four Central European countries – Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia – created in 1991. These countries have always been part of a single civilization that shares cultural and intellectual values and common roots, which they wish to preserve and further strengthen. The group’s activities aim at fostering stability in the region, presenting common ideas at various international fora, and encouraging optimum cooperation with each other as well as with other countries. Hungary currently holds the rotating presidency of the V4. This marks the eighth year of the V4 Film Series.