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If you don't know this as yet, the Czech and Slovak Republics (formerly known as Czechoslovakia) have always been good at making films and telling stories. Now is your chance to see some of these films in Perth at the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Western Australia starting on November 21 2018 and running for 5 days only until the 25th November and showing a total of 6 films So while it's a small festival, it packs a punch when it comes to the stories it tells - fiction, fairy tale, non-fiction based on real-life events, humour, magic, reality - it's all there for your viewing.
On November 21st (before the opening night ) at The Backlot, Perth you have a chance to see a Czech comedy, Larks on a String, from the late 1960s, which was banned by the communists for a long time. Part irony, part comedy, it illustrates the beauty and hardship of life and the human spirit under a dictatorship. To buy tickets for this film, please go here.
The Hastrman, the opening night film, based on a fractured fairy tale is a beautifully made film, visually appealing, and will have you thinking about the characters for a long time after it ends. It has magic, a love story, pagan rituals, Czech village life and asks questions about what it means to be human. It really is a film worth seeing.
A country cottage or chata is a typical weekend escape for Czech families, with near and distant relatives all sharing food, laughs and space in the countryside or forest. In Bear with us, family tensions mount during the last get-together before the sale of the chata and present a 'normal, dysfunctional' family with laughs along the way.
We have all experienced odd socks and the fact that they never come out of the washing machine as an entire pair. In The Oddsockeaters, we find out exactly why. An animated, fun film for the whole family set in animated contemporary Prague, you will come out with a lot more knowledge about the phenomena of odd socks.
Intimate Enemy, a Slovak film about testing the design of an intelligent, software-driven house. It is a psychological thriller as to what could happen if Artifical intelligence takes over our lives.
The Prague Spring of 1968 and the Russian invasion in August of that year may be known to many people. Jan Palach, a young student at that time, became a symbol and hero of that era for the Czech and Slovak people. The closing night, filmJan Palach focuses on the last few months of his life during the Soviet invasion of August 1968 and his ultimate protest against this invasion.