Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

Ice Mother

Bába z ledu

2017, Bohdan Sláma, Czech Republic/France/Slovakia, 106 min. With Zuzana Kronerová, Pavel Nový.


Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 31st 8:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 4th 8:15pm

"Low-key, naturalistic…with sensitivity and admirable candor." - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

"Surprisingly touching…unusual depth and nuance." - Jason Pirodsky, Prague Reporter

Two veteran stars give affecting depth to the story of a mother's late-life bid to come into her own as a woman in this Czech submission for 2018 Oscar consideration. Long-widowed Hana (Kronerová), feisty and vital, is inexplicably a doormat to her spoiled adult sons and their needy wives. Attending a race for ice swimmers, she surprises one and all by performing a rescue in the freezing river and in the process meets Brona (Novy), an unusual man with a pet chicken and a checkered life history. Director Slamá (SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS, THE COUNTRY TEACHER) peppers the drama with bursts of comedy, and brings undisguised eroticism to the courtship of these mature lovers, as Hana's sons simmer and sulk at mom's newfound bloom. In Czech with English subtitles. Courtesy of FilmRise. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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