Film: Shadow Country
November 08, 2023, 8:00 PM
The Avalon Theatre will screen the award-winning film Shadow Country as part of the ongoing Lions of Czech Film Series on November 8, 2023, at 8 pm.
SHADOW COUNTRY (Krajina ve stínu) is a striking and unique account of life in a Czech border town in the years before, during and just after the World War II. As the rise of Nazism threatens the small town of Schwarzwald bordering Austria, the Austrian and Czechoslovakian villagers must choose their political allegiances, some that have dire consequences. While Karel Veber signs himself and most of the rest of his family as German, his wife Marie sticks to her Czech heritage and refuses to sign. When Josef Pachl is arrested for his resistance activity, he later returns to the village post-war with a score to settle. This divided small town serves as an allegory for the nation at large and demonstrates how violence is never the answer in this unforgettable, timely, multiple award-winning war drama.
WINNER of six Czech Lion awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.
2020, Directed by Bohdan Sláma, Czech with English subtitles, 135 min.
Official site and film trailer:
“Arresting…. Accomplished…. Stark, stunning cinematography… and sweeping scope.” – Screen Daily
“Powerful…. Can be fruitfully compared to works like Sátántangó and The White Ribbon…” – Cineuropa
“A monumental piece of filmmaking…. Epic in scale and intimate in character detail…. Grueling, unrelenting cinema” – CineVue
Date/Time: November 8, 2023, at 8 pm
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20015
Proof of vaccination is no longer required.