October 08, 2014, 8:00 PM
On October 8, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theatre will showcase director David Ondříček’s highly acclaimed film In the Shadow (Ve stínu). In this mystery, Captain Hakl (Ivan Trojan), a Czech police detective, searches for truth as he tries to solve a robbery and blood libel that soon morphs into a police conspiracy. He very quickly gets kicked off the case as State Security takes over. What he finds in Stalinist Czechoslovakia, however, seems to only create more questions than it solves. In the Shadow was submitted to the Academy Awards as the Czech entry for 2012 Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film won nine Czech Lion Awards (2013). Delve into this mystery that is sure to leave you guessing. (Dir. David Ondříček, 2012, 106 min., Czech with English subtitles)
About the Director:
David Ondříček received the 2013 Czech Lion Award for Best Director for In the Shadow. He is known for his feature films Whisper (1996), Loners (2000), One Hand Can't Clap (2003) and Grandhotel (2006).
About the Lions of Czech Film Series:
This marks the eighth year of collaboration with the Avalon Theatre to present the Lions of Czech Film Series. This film series gives the Washington, DC, community an opportunity to view Czech films that are popular hits in Europe and have received numerous honors and awards at film festivals. Most of the films have received the prestigious Czech Lion Award, the Czech equivalent of an Academy Award. All of the films have limited distribution in the United States. The Lions of Czech Film Series offers an invaluable opportunity to see the best of Czech cinema in the nation’s capital.
The Avalon Theater
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015
Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at
For more information, call the box office at (202) 966-3464, or to hear general information about films playing at the Avalon, call (202) 966-6000.
Photo credit: Czech Center in Prague