Czech Republic

The Glass Room

About the Film 
An iconic home (the stunning Villa Tugendhat) takes center stage as secret affairs and history’s shifting tides shatter a Czech marriage, in this mesmerizing, erotic wartime saga. A wealthy Jewish industrialist and his gentile wife see their dream house become home to passionate, dark desires as 1930s idealism gives way to Hitler. Based on Simon Mawer’s hit novel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
104 minutes

The Humorist

About the Film 
A successful but stifled Russian-Jewish comedian cracks under the mounting pressure of personal insecurities and state censorship, in this smart, decidedly non-comedic social satire. After failing as a writer, Boris succeeds doing stand-up, but his creativity is stifled under mid-‘80s Soviet repression. Summoned like a court jester by the KGB, and finally pushed to the edge by the decadence and despotism of the ruling elite, events culminate in a revenge-soaked twist worthy of Shakespeare.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
101 minutes

The Painted Bird

About the Film 
A poor, nameless Jewish boy faces humanity’s worst on a trek across war-torn Eastern Europe, in this wrenching, but stunning Holocaust epic, the Czech Oscar entry. Ambling alone in the frantic final days of Nazi occupation, he meets ignorant peasants and ruthless soldiers’ extreme depravity: only meager acts of grace offer hope of catharsis. This unflinching depiction of evil, based on Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial novel, is not for the faint-hearted.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
169 minutes