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 Center New York. All films in Czech with English subtitles.
FIPRESCI Award and Special Mention Karlovy Vary Film Fest
Best Actor Czech Lions
"A thought-provoking work of drama" -Central Europe Review
This bittersweet comedy of two next-door Prague families begins at Christmas 1967 and ends August 21, 1968, the day Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Soviet Army. History is expressed through a typically Czech coming-of-age story, set at a time when still-novel western fashions and American-style rock 'n' roll were casting a spell among the young people of eastern Europe. The Communist military man's sixteen-year-old son falls hopelessly in love with his reactionary neighbor's daughter. The adolescents, as in every age, suffer what they think of as the despotic or just embarrassing behavior of their parents, but real despotism is always lurking nearby. In the end, each member of both families must live out his own story in his own "cozy den" until the Soviet invasion of August 1968 violently disrupts their world. You can call this film "One Villa, Two Families, Three Generations!"
Directed by Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 1999, 35mm, 115 mins. In Czech with English subtitles.