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Film Review: ‘Lost in Munich’

Film Review: ‘Lost in Munich’
Czech director-writer Petr Zelenka’s absurdist mockumentary “Lost in Munich” offers new theories about the 1938 Munich agreement, which forced Czechoslovakia to cede much of its border region to Germany, as part of a failed film within a film on the subject, and also reflects on the perils of filmmaking. While Zelenka was celebrated on the international festival circuit in the late 1990s as the drily witty, young auteur responsible for “Happy End” and “Buttoners,” his brand of whimsy now feels a tad forced and insular. Nevertheless, Czech critics selected “Munich” as their best film of 2015. Expect further fest play geared to expat audiences and humor events.

In the first part of the film, set in 2008, and which is later revealed to be the film within the film, Sir P, a 90-year-old African gray parrot, owned by Edouard Daladier, the French prime minister responsible for signing the controversial Munich Treaty, is
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Film Review: ‘Nowhere in Moravia’

Film Review: ‘Nowhere in Moravia’
The village dramedy is a perennial staple of the Czech cinema, and in “Nowhere in Moravia,” noted thesp and theater director Miroslav Krobot puts his own darkly humorous stamp on the genre. Cast mostly with thesps from his prizewinning Dejvice Theater in Prague, who perform in the local dialect, this loose narrative centers on the lives of those who dwell in the isolated Jesenik Mountains of the former Sudetenland, a place of harsh beauty and an even harsher lifestyle. Following its world premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary, Krobot’s debut feature opens domestically on July 24; offshore, festivals will be the best bet for this quiet slice of life.

The central character is earthy thirtysomething Maruna (Tatiana Vilhelmova). A former German teacher who now runs the local pub, she has returned to her family home for reasons that are never specified. Maruna shares the house and the care of her spiteful,
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Protektor Movie Review

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Title: Protektor Studio: Film Movement Directed By: Marek Najbrt Written By: Marek Najbrt, Robert Geisler, Benjamin Tucek Cast: Jana Plodková, Marek Daniel, Klára Melísková, Martin Mysicka, Tomás Mechaácek Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/27/11 Opens: August 5, 2011 What makes some citizens collaborate with an enemy occupying their country? In the case of “Sarah’s Key,” French police are seen arresting Jews, rounding them up and turning them over to the German transports. In fact, a large part of France known as Vichy was governed by Frenchmen, the excuse being that the French citizens are better off when some of their own kind are in power even if that means hobnobbing...
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