The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Czech That Film in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago. Provocative premieres in a variety of genres make up this series of eight recent films, two featuring guests.
The comedy CHASING 50, centering on romantic shenanigans surrounding a cross-country ski race, opens the series on June 3. Director Štěpán Altrichter will appear on June 17 with his droll deadpan comedy SCHMITKE. A landmark of Czech animation is revived when author/filmmaker Ludmila Zeman presents a new restoration of her grandfather Karel Zeman’s unique INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION.
National hero and former Czech president Havel is profiled from a woman’s point of view in the documentary VÁCLAV HAVEL — A LIFE IN FREEDOM. Prejudice against a struggling Roma woman and her family gets dramatic treatment with a remarkable cast of non-professionals in THE WAY OUT. The fictionalized exploits of a real-life mobster are explored in GANGSTER KA. HOME CARE, which had its Chicago premiere in our recent Chicago European Union Film Festival, charts with compassion and humor a nurse’s journey of discovery when facing her own health crisis. Live-action puppet animation lends goofy charm to family-friendly THE LITTLE MAN.