Euroregion Elbe/Labe

"Pelíšky" at Czech Film Wednesday

03.05.2023 • 20:00 • Zentralkino Dresden

Subtle comedy about a party soldier loyal to the line and a bourgeois nationalist as quarreling neighbors

»Pelíšky« (© Space Films)
© Space Films

With gentle poetry and humorous exaggeration, the life of three generations of men and women in a special period of Czech history in 1968 is told...

The Šebek and Kraus families are neighbors in a two-story villa in Prague. Father Šebek is an officer and a loyal party soldier, but basically a simple, good-natured man. He praises the virtues of communism and the advances of the Eastern Bloc. Unbreakable plastic glasses from Poland and egg spoons from the GDR play an important role as proof of the superiority of communism.

The Kraus family above him maintains a middle-class lifestyle in which art and culture as well as old traditions play a major role. Father Kraus, a former resistance fighter against the Nazis and a staunch anti-communist, not only despises his neighbor's political attitude, but also looks down on his lack of culture. The two, who are also convinced - also in their families - that they are fundamentally right, regularly clash.

Your children, on the other hand, get along well. Michal Šebek is in love with his neighbor, but she has her eyes on someone else. Various visits, drinking bouts, a Christmas party and a funeral bring both families together again and again, resulting in a firework of subtle humor. The attractions of the capitalist world stand in contrast to the aforementioned unbreakable plastic glasses from the socialist brothers. The invasion of Warsaw Pact troops ultimately marks a deep turning point.

This film will be shown as part of the "Czech Film Wednesday" series, as always in the original version with German subtitles.

(This is an automatic translation by Google Translator.)

This film has become a true classic of Czech cinematography. There are a number of bon mots that have found their way into normal Czech usage. Everyone in the Czech Republic also knows the indestructible glasses from the GDR as proof of the superiority of communism.

As is so often the case in Czech films, there are serious or even tragic facets behind the fine and clever - yes, sometimes also coarse - humor. Politics and society usually affect the lives of individuals in a restrictive or disadvantageous manner, with the invasion to suppress the Prague Spring and the subsequent phase of so-called "normalization" representing the worst cuts.

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CZ 1999, 116 min

Director: Jan Hřebejk

Actors: Miroslav Donutil, Jiří Kodet, Simona Stašová, Emilia Vašáryová, Eva Holubová, Boleslav Polívka, Stella Zázvorková, Jiří Krejčík, Jaroslav Dušek, Michael Beran, Kristýna Nováková


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The Zentralkino is located on the grounds of the (Kultur-) Kraftwerk Mitte (see site plan, no. 16). There are entrances at Wettiner Platz, from Könneritzstraße and from Ehrlichstraße.

From "Bahnhof Mitte" directions_railway directions_bus it is about 350 m, from "Haltepunkt Freiberger Straße" directions_railway directions_bus about 500 m walk to the cinema. Various tram lines also stop at both stations. From the stop "Schweriner Straße" directions_railway directions_bus it is 400 m.

The large car park for Kraftwerk Mitte is located behind the railway embankment. Access is from Löbtauer Straße. From the car park you can get to the cinema through a passageway and via Könneritzstraße.

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