Czech That Film 2017

July 7 - August 3

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Czech That Film 2017 in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago. Provocative comedies and dramas make up this series of six films with broad entertainment appeal.

Six filmmakers take unique looks at family and community, and delve into challenging and sometimes funny aspects of the past in these recent films. A mother’s relationship with her young daughter is haunted by a secret in THE NOONDAY WITCH, based on a folk ballad. A comic tale of two brothers involves larcenous hijinks in THE SNAKE BROTHERS, and a long-suffering husband rebels against his wife’s tyranny in the comedy-drama TIGER THEORY.

The tragic life and execution of a young misfit who commits mass murder is chronicled in I, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ. A scheming schoolteacher manipulates the parents of her students in Jan Hřebejk's biting satire THE TEACHER, and an ambitious Czech film star’s affair with Goebbels is fictionally recounted in THE DEVIL’S MISTRESS.

Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming


Chicago premiere!

The Devil's Mistress

Lída Baarová

2016, Filip Renč, Czech Republic/Slovakia/France, 106 min. With Tatiana Pauhofová, Karl Markovics.


  • Sat, Jul 8th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jul 12th 7:45pm

Chicago premiere!

Tiger Theory

Teorie tygra

2016, Radek Bajgar, Czech Republic, 107 min. With Jiří Bartoška, Eliška Balzerová.


  • Fri, Jul 14th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 18th 6:00pm

The Teacher


2016, Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 102 min. With Zuzana Mauréry, Zuzana Konecná.


  • Sat, Jul 15th 5:15pm
  • Thu, Jul 20th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

The Noonday Witch


2016, Jiří Sádek, Czech Republic, 90 min. With Anna Geislerová, Karolína Lipowská.


  • Fri, Jul 21st 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jul 26th 7:45pm

The Snake Brothers

Kobry a Užovky

2015, Jan Prusinovský, Czech Republic, 111 min. With Krystof Hádek, Matej Hádek.


  • Sat, Jul 22nd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 24th 7:45pm

I, Olga Hepnarová

Já, Olga Hepnarová

2016, Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb, Czech Republic/Poland, 105 min. With Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát.


  • Fri, Jul 28th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 3rd 8:30pm