A sleepy actors’ party is disrupted by an uninvited guest. A drunken Russian officer comes to the bar to sell a canister of gas, but the business transaction quickly turns into a vodka drinking race. The Russian, interested in the striking Milada and entertained by the comedic cowardice of all the men present, wouldn’t leave. The atmosphere thickens and the Russian is having a grand old time. So grand that he pulls out a gun…The party, beating to the rhythm of the cosmically psychedelic music by Kill the Dandies!, spins out of control and the participants can’t keep up. The game becomes a trap, heroes become cowards and cowards become heroes. There is only one way out of the occupied bar: a revolution! After this night, no one will be the same.
BIRD ATLAS (Atlas ptáků)
Directed by Olmo Omerzu
April 12th & 30th
9 Czech Oscar Nominations , Official Selection Karlovy Vary IFF
A huge money embezzlement in a multi-million company creates a domino effect of suspicion between the members of the family who run the business. Ivo Rona, a long-time CEO, and his family look for the one to blame, when Marie, one of his most trusted employees, goes missing. A revenge plan, a corporate sabotage or a well-played internet fraud? One thing is certain: someone among them cannot be trusted.
DIARY OF A MODERN DAD
(Deníček moderního fotra)
Directed by Jan Haluza
April 19th & May 1st
Top Grossing Czech Comedy — 2021, Official Selection Karlovy Vary IFF
Sometimes we must face unexpected situations in life and take them as a man. Unintendedly, Nataša, and Dominik become parents. Nataša, a successful toy designer can support the family better financially, so they agree to entrust the main part of the care for the baby to Dominik. Dominik sees the task as an opportunity to finally write a book he has been planning for a long time. Not a chance! During the first year, Dominik needs all his creativity to somehow manage the care for little Čeněk, which at times becomes a struggle for survival. However, thanks to the coexistence with a little human being, he also discovers how many forms love can take…
TWO SHIPS (Marťanské lodě)
Directed by Jan Foukal
Czech Oscar Nomination – Best Female Performance, Official Selection Karlovy Vary IFF
Martin and Eliška meet for the very first time at Martin’s birthday party at the derelict premises of Brno train station. Young psychologist Eliška invites musician Martin to a lecture she organizes. Martin is really impressed. He is courting her, she is chasing after him. Martin flies to Norway to see her. After their arrival home, they realize they need each other. Their story resembles a Hollywood romance, except it takes place in Brno. Can a cosmic love cure all their pains?
The festival is committed to exhibiting films that not only expose participants to Czech culture, but also enlighten audiences, bring people together, and present inspired entertainment for all. Traveling to 20 cities in the USA and Canada over the last decade, Austin, San Marcos and Dallas will be some of the only cities presenting in-person screenings in 2022.