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V4 Screening: Who Wants to Kill Jessie?

Date: 28 April 2015 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

The sci-fi comedy spins a new take on the legendary American superhero—SUPERMAN—as dreams mesh with reality in this Czech classic. Inspired by comic books, director Václav Vorlíček weaves a story of a scientist seeking a special formula to manipulate dreams and accidentally makes her husband’s  fantasies come to life—including a voluptuous blonde, gun-toting cowboy, and muscular superman. A predecessor to such resounding comic  films as Sin City, the film cleverly brings the comic realm to live action, complete with comic bubbles—POW! The film received Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival (1966).

About the Director:         
Václav Vorlíček is an accomplished Czech film director and screenwriter born in Prague in 1930. After studying at Prague's Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) from 1951–1956, Vorlíček started working on his own movies in the 1960s. His name equates with signature comedies and parodies filled with humor. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? was Vorlíček's first movie that revealed the director's potential. You Are a Widow, Sir (1971), The Girl on the Broomstick (1972), and How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975) belong to Vorlíček's most renowned films.   

The screening is part of the V4 Film Series.    

Visegrad Four (V4)
The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Four or simply V4, is a group of four Central European countries - Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Czech Republic - 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 for a, and encouraging optimum cooperation with each other as well as with other countries. Slovakia currently holds the rotating presidency of the V4.    

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

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-who-wants-to-kill-jessie-tickets-16127200892    

Admission is free.


April 14, 2015 - 7 pm
BATHORY - Embassy of the Slovak Republic
3523 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
RSVP: rsvp.washington@mzv.sk with “Bathory” in the subject line.

April 21, 2015 - 7 pm
PAPUSZA - Embassy of the Republic of Poland
2640 16th Street, N.W., Washington D.C., 20009
RSVP: washington.culture@msz.gov.pl with “Papusza” in the subject line.

April 28, 2015 - 7 pm
Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW., Washington, DC 20008
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-who-wants-to-kill-jessie-tickets-16127200892

May 5, 2015 - 7 pm
PUSKÁS-HUNGARY - Embassy of Hungary
3910 Shoemaker Street NW., Washington DC 20008
RSVP: rsvp.was@mfa.gov.hu with “Puskás-Hungary” in the subject line.

V4 Film Screenings 2015 (PDF, 496 KB).