*Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon (Late August at the Hotel Ozone).* 1967. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Jan Schmidt

Late August at the Hotel Ozone, with its mood of hunger and spiritual emptiness, deserves to be much better known. Within the bleak landscape of nuclear destruction, a band of women prowl in search of a man in order to perpetuate the human race. Surviving by wits and desperation alone, they are reduced to a primeval state of brutality—and grace. A key work of the Czech New Wave, reteaming director Jan Schmidt and screenwriter Pavel Juracek, the film is among an important strain of post-apocalyptic visions in MoMA’s sci-fi exhibition Future Imperfect, including Richard Lester’s The Bed Sitting Room, Geoff Murphy’s The Quiet Earth, Alfred Werker’s It’s Great to Be Alive, and Piotr Szulkin’s O-Bi O-Ba – The End of Civilization.

Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon (Late August at the Hotel Ozone). 1967. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Jan Schmidt. Screenplay by Pavel Juracek. With Vladímir Hlavaty, Jitka Horejsi, Ondrej Jariabek. In Czech; English subtitles. 77 min.

35mm print courtesy of the Czech Film Archive

  1. Monday, July 31,
    4:30 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
  2. Saturday, July 29,
    5:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2