The Film Society of Lincoln center and Laura Blum, in collaboration with the Czech Film Center and Czech Center New York, will present a series to mark the 20th anniversary of Czech freedom. Cleverly titled "The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema since the Velvet Revolution," it will run from Friday, October 23 through Thursday, October 29 at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.
Including 16 features and shorts from Czech and Slovak filmmakers, the series spotlights narratives and aesthetics of modern Czech production. Eleven of the series' selections chart the transformation of Czech society from 1989 to the present, uncluding a sidebar of four films from the 60s and one from the 30s. The series includes recent works by Academy Award-winner Jan Sverák and Academy Award-nominated Jan Hrebejk and Miloš Forman, among others. Actors, filmmakers and Czech experts will join the roster of guest speakers at the various screenings.