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Czech Film Days: The Revolution Will Be Televised

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This week Facets Cinematheque will screen 35-millimeter prints of more than a dozen independent features and documentaries made for Czech television after the Velvet Revolution brought an end to communist rule in 1989. All shows are at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, 773-281-4114; except where noted, tickets are $9, $5 for Facets members. All films are in Czech with subtitles; for a complete schedule visit

Jan Hrebejk will introduce Pupendo (2003, 122 min.), his dramatic feature about communist party politics in the early 80s and a brilliant, rebellious sculptor who gets a chance to restart his career by doing a bust of a party official (Fri 6/15, 7 PM; also Sun 6/17, 7 PM). Czech Toon Tales features seven animated shorts based on fairy tales (Sat 6/16, 1 PM). Veteran documentarian Helena Trestikova, known for immersing herself in her subjects, directed Women at the Turn of the Millennium (2001, 56 min.), about a young woman released from a drug treatment center trying to make her way in Prague (Sat 6/16, 5:30 PM). The Czech cult favorite Buttoners (1997, 102 min.) centers on a 1995 radio show about the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb (Sat 6/16, 9 PM; also Wed 6/20, 7 PM). Tomas Vorel's fanciful Skritek (2005, 87 min.), about a small-town family adrift in the big city, unfolds without dialogue (Sat 6/16, 7 PM; also Thu 6/21, 7 PM). Free admission for Two x Aurel Klimt, which collects the animator's The Enchanted Bell (1998) and The Fall (1999) on a half-hour program (Sun 6/17, noon). And Jana Chytilova's The Plastic People of the Universe (2001, 71 min.) profiles the eponymous underground rock band, which formed in response to the 1968 Soviet invasion (Mon 6/18, 7 PM; also Thu 6/21, 9 PM).

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