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  • Tragicomedy
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  • 1966
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  • 92 min.
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  • Czechoslovakia
  • director: Jiri Menzel
  • cast: Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr, Vladimir Valenta, Vlastimil Brosky, Jitka Zelenohorska
  • language: Czech and German with Russian subtitles
  • restrictions: 18+

Opening film of the Jiri Menzel Retrospective

Based on a story by Bohumil Hrabal. The Second World War is coming to an end. At a tiny but strategically important Czech railway station, “special trains” pass by every day, heavy with war materials and weapons. At the same time as Wehrmacht soldiers frantically try to stave off their impending doom, the workers at the station solve their everyday problems. A young station guard, Milos Hrma, desperately wants to become a man, while the lothario conductor Hubicka manages to officially insult the Reich by imprinting the young telegraphist Zdenicka’s thighs with the station’s all-important official stamps…

In this ironic tragifarce, Menzel’s dreamy lyricism comes together with the influence of the German grotesque. The film was honored with an Oscar and was for a long time the “calling card” of Czech cinema.

The film will be presented by the director, Jiri Menzel.

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