The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
ONE CZECH A MONTH
The Facets Cinémathèque presents a new series showcasing current Czech cinema, with one screening every month of an acclaimed Czech film produced in the past decade. Curated by Irena Kovarova and organized in cooperation with the Czech Film Center. All films in Czech with English subtitles.
BITTER COFFEE (SILNY KAFE)
"The intelligently understated acting and the drily humorous contrast between the beautiful rural landscape and the characters' petty yet intense squabbles make the film fresh" -Chicago Reader
Prague was a popular destination for Americans in the early 1990s. When that wave passed, many other foreigners followed – including director Gunnarsson, an Icelander who ended up studying film at the Prague Film Academy. Together with a multilingual cast (Croatian, Finnish, Icelandic and Czech) he shot his feature debut on a minimal budget using partial improvisation. A short summer trip taken by two Prague couples becomes an adventure, with frayed emotions causing stormy and irreversible changes in both couples' relationships. The majority of the film's scenes were shot concurrently using three digital cameras with five versions emerging in the cutting room; the most compact of these was chosen for the final version.
Directed by Börkur Gunnarsson, Czech Republic, 2004, 35mm, 85 mins. In Czech, English and Icelandic with English subtitles.