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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Small Russian Clouds of Smoke

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

  • Low-Level Flight

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Small Russian Clouds of Smoke

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. A fascinating look at a community of wealthy and cultured Russians who escaped the Bolshevik Revolution and settled in Czechoslovakia during the 1920s and 1930s. With dreams of soon returning home, these fiercely proud expatriates preserved their culture and their language by setting up social clubs, churches, schools, and cooperative housing, and by spending idyllic summers at a Russian boarding house in southern Bohemia. Edited together from home movies, this episode features rare glimpses of Russian émigré society. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

  • Low-Level Flight

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. Tána Palejko (née Popov) reminisces about her marriage to an ace fighter pilot in the Czechoslovakian army, a charismatic, ambitious man whose heavy drinking, fits of jealousy, and infidelities would ultimately drive them apart. This episode features remarkable aerial shots taken clandestinely from a MIG fighter jet, as well as footage of a remote military training camp in the Soviet Union where drunken soldiers carouse with Russian girls to while away the lonely hours. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

In the Film exhibition Jan Sikl's Private Century

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