'Polski Film' (2012) and 'Signal' (Signál) (2012)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
The Closer Look: Recent Czech Cinema
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Online: $10. General: $9. Non-UCLA students*, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required): $8. UCLA students (ID required): free.
'Polski Film' (2012) Directed by Marek Najbrt.
Four Czech actors decide to play themselves in a film about their youth, but the production is plagued with everything from financial problems and tabloid scandals to religious crises and an actor's inexplicable speech impediment. This self-reflexive satire of the moviemaking industry recalls the absurdism of classic Czech comedies and the deft irony of Christopher Guest. Negativ.
Producers: Milan Kuchynka, Grzegorz Madej. Screenwriters: Robert Geisler, Benjamin Tuček, M. Najbrt. Cinematographer: Miroslav Holman. Editor: Pavel Hrdlička. Cast: Tomáš Matonoha, Pavel Liška, Josef Polášek, Marek Daniel, Jan Budař.
Blu-ray, color, in Czech and Polish with English subtitles, 105 min.
Followed by: 'Signals' (Signál) (2012) Directed by Tomáš Řehořek.
The arrival in a remote town of Filos and Kaja, two pranksters claiming to be scouting locations for a cellphone tower, sets off an underhanded competition among locals for the lucrative contract promised to the owner of the land chosen for the tower. In this farcical depiction of rural intrigue and urban condescension, complications ensue when the townsfolk discover the deception. Infinity Prague.
Producer: Tomáš Hoffman. Screenwriter: Marek Epstein. Cinematographer: Tomáš Sysel. Editor: Ondřej Hokr. Cast: Kryštof Hádek, Vojtěch Dyk, Boleslav Polívka, Karel Roden, Jirí Menzel.
35mm, color, in Czech with English subtitles, 100 min.