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The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze, 1965, Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos)

A masterpiece of the directors Ján Kadár and Elmar Klose from 1965 – awarded an Oscar. The simple carpenter Tóno Brtko is persuaded by his wife and brother-in-law to become an Aryaniser (confiscator of Jewish property) of a Jewish haberdashery, managed by the old and hearing-impaired Ms Lautmannová. The film deals with the impossibility of a compromise with the evil, fear, ignorance and stupidity as a breeding ground for violence propagators.

Closely Observed Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky, 1966, Jiří Menzel)

The young railwayman Miloš Hrma is an apprentice at a small railway station, where he’s new both to his job and to love life. The plot takes place during World War II, which the protagonist tries to interfere with. The film, based on a book by Bohumil Hrabal, was directed by Jiří Menzel in 1966. Two years later, it was awarded an Oscar.

The Firemen’s Ball (Hoří má panenko, 1967, Miloš Forman)

‘The Firemen’s Ball’ was directed by Miloš Forman in 1967. It was his last film before he emigrated from Czechoslovakia. The story takes place at a firemen’s ball. The film does not feature professional actors, only the members of a volunteer fire brigade and the inhabitants of the town of Vrchlabí. Despite all the difficulties the film experienced, especially the hostility of the Communist regime, it was nominated for an Oscar.

The Elementary School (Obecná škola, 1991, Jan Svěrák)

The teacher Igor Hnízdo (Jan Tříska) arrives in a school at the periphery of Prague soon after World War II to take charge of a boys’ class that brought the previous teacher to a lunatic asylum. He wears a uniform, carries a gun and secures order with a cane. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák in 1991.


Kolya (Kolja, 1996, Jan Svěrák)

An old bachelor, František Louka (Zdeněk Svěrák), gets Kolya, a Russian boy, through marriage – made only for appearance’s sake. It is a marriage of convenience – Louka gets married because of money, his "wife" because of a residence permit in Czechoslovakia. Everything becomes complicated when Louka’s "wife" emigrates to the West and Louka ends up alone with Kolya. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák in 1996 and awarded an Oscar.

Želary (Zelary, 2003, Ondřej Trojan)

Eliška is a nurse and she is also active in a local resistance movement under World War II. Having been given away, she is forced to hide in the mountains in a farmhouse of one of her patients, whom she gave blood in an operation. Thus, through blood, a bond is forged that leads to a peculiar and extraordinarily strong love relationship between the modern, urban, well-educated Eliška and the barbarian, rural man with a child’s soul Joza. The film, based on a book by Květa Legátová, was directed by Ondřej Trojan in 2003. It was nominated for an Oscar.

Something Like Happiness (Štěstí, 2005, Bohdan Sláma)

“Happiness does not come by itself but through us.” A film by Bohdan Sláma from 2005 dealing with the relationship of Monika, Toník and Dáša – friends who grew up together in one house. Monika, Toník’s lifelong love, works in a supermarket. Her boyfriend Jiří flew off to America to work there and Monika hopes to follow him soon. Toník now lives with his aunt at a farm near the city and makes his living in various ways. He doesn’t want to go back to the prefab, doesn’t want to work in a factory and doesn’t want to listen to the advice of his father. Dáša lives alone, she has two little children and a married lover, Jára. Dáša is dead tired and desperate, but continues to believe in Jára’s promises that he is going to get divorced and get her a job.

I Served the King of England (Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále, 2006, Jiří Menzel)

The film is based on a book of the same title by Bohumil Hrabal, which is one of his masterpieces. It tells the life story of a small Czech waiter in Bohemia between the two world wars, during World War II and until the 1960s. The film was directed by Jiří Menzel in 2006.


One Night in a City (Jedné noci v jednom městě, 2007, Jan Balej)

All the things that can happen during one night in a city. Do you know what happens when somebody sews on another person’s ear? Can you meet a genie in Žižkov at night who can make all your wishes come true? Do you think there are places where time stands still? Do you know what can interfere with an insects’ circus, what are the goals of a city huntsman and what his neighbours get excited about? Can a carp make friends with a tree? Yes, indeed. A film by Jan Balej from 2007.

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