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5-sep.-2020 - 8-sep.-2020

Focus on Contemporary Czech Cinema at BRIFF


Vanwege het succes van Tsjechische films op grote internationale filmfestivals (zoals Sundance, Berlinale en de Oscars)in de afgelopen maanden, hebben we besloten om het Brusselse publiek een voorproefje van hedendaagseTsjechische cinema te geven. BOZAR zorgvuldige selectie bestaat uit een tijdloos drama over een kleine jongen die verloren in de wrede wereld van de volwassenen is, een coming of age winter roadmovie, een visueel treffende metafoor voor zelfgenoegzaamheid op middelbare leeftijd, en een zwarte komedie over twee stervende voormalige politieke gevangenen die op het punt staan om hun lijden te wreken. Originele plots, zwarte humor en groot vakmanschap, allemaal troeven die de hedendaagse Tsjechische cinema kenmerken.


Václav Marhoul, regisseur van De Geverfde Vogel, zal in persoon aanwezig zijn op de Belgische première van zijn film in Cinema Palace.



With success of the Czech films at major international film festivals in the past couple of months, including Sundance, Berlinale and of course the Oscars, we decided to give the Brussels audience a sneak-peak into what is going on with the Czech cinema currently. A carefully prepared selection from the past two years features a timeless drama about a small boy lost in the cruel world of adults, a coming of age winter road-movie, a visually striking metaphor of middle-age self-centeredness, and a black comedy about two former political prisoners who are – on the verge of death - about to avenge their suffering. Original plots, dark humor and great craft are some of the common attributes of contemporary Czech cinema. You can enjoy them within the Czech focus of Brussels International Film Festival 2020 – and three of them even in an open-air cinema in front of BOZAR!

Václav Marhoul, director of The Painted Bird, will be present at the Belgian premiere of his film at Cinema Palace.


5 Sept 7:30pm at Cinema Palace


Based on the acclaimed jerzy kosinski novel, the painted bird is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive eastern europe at the bloody close of world war II. The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, The Boy has been changed, forever.




6 Sept at 8:30pm at BOZAR

Old-Timers (Staříci)

The two men are about to embark on the last mission of their lives: to find and kill the former communist prosecutor who sent them to prison in the 1950s. Now the two former resistance fighters who used to battle a totalitarian society must battle their old age, their loved ones, and an era they no longer understand. At times poetic, at others absurdly humorous, with excellent performances of the lead actors, the directors’ cinematic look at the past provides a portrait of the stubbornness of age.

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7 Sept at 8:30pm at BOZAR

Domestique (Domestik)

Roman is a top level cyclist recovering from an injury through hard work and strict regimen. To improve his performance, he even sleeps in an oxygen tent installed in his bedroom. That is a bitter pill to swallow for his wife, Šarlota, whose long-time wish is to conceive a child. And so they both brim with determination, get lost in their obsessions and improve their bodies to a point where they might even frighten each other. A strong movie about the destructive effect of our self-centeredness and the loss of ability to communicate.

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8 Sept at 9:30 pm at BOZAR

Winter Flies (Všechno bude)

Two boys, mischievously self-assured Mára and somewhat eccentric Heduš, set out into the frozen wastes in search of adventure – by car, naturally. After all, Mára’s turning fifteen soon. An atmospheric and unpretentious road movie about the flies that occasionally buzz around even in winter, and a story that tells of the elusive bond of boyhood friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something, even if you don’t exactly know what. Winner of Best Director at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018.

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BOZAR Open-Air Cinema / Cinema Palace


Van: 5-sep.-2020
T/m: 8-sep.-2020

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