The annual Czech film festival titled “Czech That Film” is returning to Texas. It is a film festival of the best recent Czech films held throughout the United States. Every year, there is a wide range of screenings and discussions with casts and crews. Currently, it is the largest Czech cultural event in the US. The four-month-long festival keeps growing every year.
The films Jan Palach, Golden Sting (Zlatý podraz), and Suitor (Nápadník) will be shown in Dallas and Austin during the month of April. In Dallas at the Studio Movie Grill (Royal Lane), the films will be shown April 12th, 13th and 14th. In Austin at the Violet Crown, they will be shown on consecutive Tuesday evenings, April 9th, 16th and 23rd.
Jan Palach, an uncompromising young man, made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of rousing the nation from its growing lethargy and of protesting the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This biopic describes the last months of Palach’s life, describing his path from an affectionate son, devoted friend and sensitive philosophy student to “Torch number 1.”
Golden Sting (Zlatý podraz)
Young Czechoslovak men learn to play basketball from American Mormons at a YMCA camp in 1938. When World War II erupts a year later, their coach is arrested and executed. A young lawyer named Franta steps in to manage the team. After the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, he visits the prison yard where their coach died, picking up a handful of soil and placing it in a box with national colors. The team carries this talisman to the European Championship in Geneva where the Czechs miraculously win in 1946. However, everything changes again with the communist coup in February 1948. Friendships are broken, several basketball players are persecuted, and Franta is arrested. The team will go to Paris to defend their title, but can they succeed?
Set in the late 1950s, the communist regime controls Czechoslovakia, and a gap has opened between the pre-war and post-war generations. City girl Daniela meets country boy Mirek while staying at the garden store run by her aunt and uncle. Love begins to bloom, but Daniela’s father is furious. He has other plans for his daughter, intent on making the perfect match with an educated catch. This romantic comedy is the final installment of director Hřebejk’s Garden Store trilogy, following three families: an air radio operator, a hair salon owner, and a garden store proprietor against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic periods of the last century.
Music Masters of the Czech Republic
Felix Slováček, Sr., clarnet, soprano-saxophone, renowned across Europe
Felix Slováček, Jr., clarinet & soprano-saxophone, will perform with Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr.,
on piano. They will perform a wide range of international works from Tchaikovsy to Schubert to Massenet and from Smetana to Stravinsky to Carl Stamitz on Saturday, April 27th, at the Unity Church of the Hills in Austin and on Sunday, April 28th at Festival Hill in Round Top.