Slavic and Eurasian Studies

11th Annual Spring Czech Film Series presents: "Kuky se vrací / Kooky" with a Q&A by producer Jeffrey Brown

Thu, February 6, 2014 | BUR 231

6:30 PM

11th Annual Spring Czech Film Series presents:

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce the first screening of the renowned Czech Film Series. All films will be shown every Thursday at 6:30pm in BUR 231. (No film on February 20th.)
Young Ondra has asthma, and so his mom throws away his favorite toy - a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy's fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he had never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra's room. And of course, even in this small imaginary world, true good exists - as does real evil - which Kooky must face up to in order to become a real hero. The film is made by Oscar winning director Jan Svěrák and stars the voice of his father, the popular Czech cultural personality Zdeněk Svěrák.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with producer Jeffrey Brown. A native Texan, Mr. Brown has been working as a producer of both documentary and feature films in the Czech Republic for many years. Some of his more recent works include Kooky (2010), Mamas and Papas (2010), Rex-patriates (2004).

Films are free and open to the public.*

Films are in Czech with English subtitles.


Other films in this series:

Feb 13            Selections from the shorts of Jiří Trnka, master innovator of early Czech puppet films, including Song of the Prairie / Arie Prairie (1949), Story of a Bass / Román s basou (1949), and Cybernetic Grandma / Kybernetická babička (1962).

Feb 20            NO FILM – Presentation by guest historian Dr. Ben Frommer entitled PERSECUTION IN THE NAME OF PROTECTION: How Czech Fascists, Prague Bureaucrats and Local Police Helped Build the Nazi “Ghetto without Walls”

Feb 27            The Fimfárum of Jan Werich (2002) – A puppet film set to a 1960s recording of legendary Czech actor Jan Werich (1905–1980) reading his story FimFárum.

March 6         Selections from the collection of short films Labyrinth of Darkness / Labyrint tmy by Jiří Barta, including the renowned stop motion film The Pied Piper of Hamelin / Krysař (1986) inspired by German Expressionism and medieval art.

March 20       Selected short films of Jan Svankmajer, including The Coffin Factory / Rakvičkárna (1968), Dimensions of Dialogue / Možnosti dialogu (1982), Darkness Light Darkness / Tma Světlo Tma (1990), and Food / Jídlo (1992).

March 27       Conspirators of Pleasure / Spiklenci slasti (1996) – A full-length feature by Jan Svankmajer.

April 3           Rex-patriots (2004) by Nancy Bishop – The series’ only live-action film—a mockumentary of expatriate life in Prague—it still features a touch of things puppet. The film will be introduced by one of its producers, Jeffrey Brown, and followed by a Q&A.

April 10         One Night in One City / Jedné noci v jednom městě (2007) – An adult black comedy puppet film by award-winning contemporary puppeteer Jan Balej.

April 17         Toys In The Attic (2009) – A stop-motion animated family feature film by Czech director Jiří Barta. The English dub version was directed by Vivian Schilling and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. The film was a Czech, Slovak, and Japanese co-production.

 *While some of the films in the series are suitable for viewers of all ages, many of the films include substantial adult content. (Puppets have sex too!) Please check film ratings online or email for a recommendation for children.

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