AUSTIN, TX

April 8th, 13th, 20th & 30th

The four-night Czech That Film Festival will open in Pioneer Farm’s Sprinkle Corner village presented by Big Day Pictures and PolkaWorks.

Gates open at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8. Tickets are $10 per driver, $10 per passenger in that vehicle, $8 for students. Kids age 6 and under are free. 

10621 PIONEER FARMS DRIVE. AUSTIN, TEXAS, 78754

April 8th – HAVEL
Released in 2020, HAVEL traces the irony and absurdity of Václav Havel’s metamorphosis from celebrated playwright to banned and jailed human rights activist to the president of Czechoslovakia. The film is a highly acclaimed look at a talented yet complicated man who stood up to Eastern Bloc rule and won, eventually leading the country he helped free from totalitarian governance

April 13th – CHARLATAN
Directed by Agnieska Holland – Academy Award-nominated director (In Darkness)
Short-listed for Academy Award – Best International Film
5 Czech Oscars – Best Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography & Sound
Inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

April 20th – ALCHEMICAL FURNACE
Documentary directed by Adam Oľha, Jan DaňhelFeaturing legendary surrealist stop motion animation filmmaker Jan Švankmajer
Great influence on Terry Gilliam, Brothers Quay, and more.

Jan Švankmajer at 85 years of age is one of the most prominent artists of European cinema. His work has inspired and guided generations of directors and his work represents a sharp and merciless exploration of human nature which is entirely unique. Films such as Alice, Faust, and Little Otik changed forever the image of stop-motion and opened a world of possibilities in terms of the representation of the inner self. Over three years, directors Adam Oľha and Jan Daňhel followed the life of Jan Švankmajer, from his collaboration with an old friend and producer Jaromír Kallista to his memory of Eva Švankmajerová, his wife and creative partner, muse and inseparable another half of the director. Shot on various film formats, using found footage and with a touch of Czech humor, Alchemical Furnace is an ode to creation and to companionship.

April 30th – DRONEMAN
Pavel witnessed a terrorist attack in Israel. After return to the Czech Republic, he helps an old friend film commercials, flying a drone. Engaged at first, Pavel soon finds life around him unsatisfying — no one takes direct action or sees the bigger picture. So Pavel sets out to “do the right thing “, ultimately setting his sights on Dick Cheney, the controversial American politician, and businessman, on his upcoming visit to Prague…

Tickets for Austin here!

DALLAS, TX

April 16th and 17th at 7:30pm & 18th at 3:00pm

Join us for three award-winning Czech films at Studio Movie Grill — Spring Valley.

13933 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75243

HAVEL
Friday, April 16th, 7:30 PM
Directed by Slávek Horák who visited Dallas in 2018 for his film Home Care (Domácí péce).

Released in 2020, ‘Havel’ traces the irony and absurdity of Václav Havel’s metamorphosis from celebrated playwright to banned and jailed human rights activist to the president of Czechoslovakia. The film is a highly acclaimed look at a talented yet complicated man who stood up to Eastern Bloc rule and won, eventually leading the country he helped free from totalitarian governance. Acclaimed biopic on Czech dissident playwright president Václav Havel.

TICKETS

CHARLATAN
Saturday, April 17th, 7:30 PM
Directed by Agnieska Holland – Academy Award-nominated director (In Darkness)Short-listed for Academy Award – Best International Film
5 Czech Oscars – Best Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography & Sound

Inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

TICKETS

ALCHEMICAL FURNACE
Sunday, April 18th, 3 PM
Documentary directed by Adam Oľha, Jan Daňhel Featuring legendary surrealist stop motion animation filmmaker Jan Švankmajer
Great influence on Terry Gilliam, Brothers Quay, and more.

Jan Švankmajer at 85 years of age is one of the most prominent artists of European cinema. His work has inspired and guided generations of directors and his work represents a sharp and merciless exploration of human nature which is entirely unique. Films such as Alice, Faust, and Little Otik changed forever the image of stop-motion and opened a world of possibilities in terms of the representation of the inner self. Over three years, directors Adam Oľha and Jan Daňhel followed the life of Jan Švankmajer, from his collaboration with an old friend and producer Jaromír Kallista to his memory of Eva Švankmajerová, his wife and creative partner, muse and inseparable another half of the director. Shot on various film formats, using found footage and with a touch of Czech humor, Alchemical Furnace is an ode to creation and to companionship.

TICKETS

Presented by Big Day Pictures, Václav Havel Czech School of Dallas, Sokol Dallas & PolkaWorks.

*The films are in the Czech language with English subtitles.