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FILM SCREENINGS

  • King of Velichovky

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

  • Statuary of Granddad Vinda

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

Friday, March 13, 2009, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • King of Velichovky

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. For as long as anyone could remember, Czechs and Germans in the border region of Sudetenland had lived together in relative peace. But the 1938 Nazi occupation of Sudetenland forever changed all that, turning neighbor against neighbor and friend into foe. This is a portrait of the Sudeten German Karel Saisser, a prosperous and demanding farmer who lived with his wife and three daughters near the spa town of Velichovky. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

  • Statuary of Granddad Vinda

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. Vincenc Havel, a sculptor who lived in the Opava region of northern Moravia in the 1950s, was as hard and as immovable as the statues he carved. An eccentric nonconformist, in the early 1950s he nonetheless received some favorable recognition from the state for his Socialist Realist sculpture of the reviled president Klement Gottwald. But Havel's opportunism, and the special treatment given him, did not sit well with his fellow artists, and in later years he grew increasingly withdrawn, inflicting much of his bitterness on his own daughter. This episode is drawn from Havel's home movies and diaries, and is also based on the recollections of his granddaughter Eva. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

In the Film exhibition Jan Sikl's Private Century

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