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


A Journey To The Beginning Of Time

Cesta do pravěku

1955, Karel Zeman, Czech Republic, 83 min. With Vladimír Bejval, Petr Herrman.


  • Fri, Jul 6th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 8th 5:00pm


Po strništi bos

2017, Jan Svěrák, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 111 min. With Alois Grec, Tereza Voříšková.


  • Sat, Jul 7th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jul 11th 8:00pm

8 Heads Of Madness

8 hlav šílenství

2017, Marta Nováková, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 107 min. With Aneta Langerová, Viktorie Cermáková.


  • Fri, Jul 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 14th 5:00pm

Garden Store: Family Friend

Zahradnictví: Rodinný přítel

2017, Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia, 130 min. With Anna Geislerová, Ondrej Sokol.


  • Fri, Jul 20th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 22nd 5:00pm


2017, David Mrnka, Czech Republic/USA, 124 min. With Ayelet Zurer, Robert Gant.


  • Fri, Jul 27th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 1st 8:00pm

Accumulator 1

Akumulátor 1

1994, Jan Svěrák, Czech Republic, 102 min. With Petr Forman, Edita Brychta.


  • Sun, Jul 29th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 30th 6:00pm