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Czech That Film 2018

July 6 – August 1

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Czech That Film in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago. Two sci-fi classics are highlights of this series: family-friendly A JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME by master animator Karel Zeman; and Jan Svěrák's hallucinatory ACCUMULATOR 1, screening in a new digital restoration.

A nostalgic view of WWII is seen through the eyes of a child in Jan Svěrák's BAREFOOT, back by popular demand after its debut in our "Chicago European Union Film Festival" in March. Prolific director Jan Hrebejk (KAWASAKI'S ROSE) develops a family saga around three brothers impacted by WWII and their work with the Czech resistance in GARDEN STORE: FAMILY FRIEND. The war years and subsequent trial of resistance fighter and national hero Milada Horáková are dramatized in MILADA, while Russian poet and dissident Anna Alexandrovna Barkova is the subject of a colorful and unorthodox biography in 8 HEADS OF MADNESS.

— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming