Dir. Jan Hrebejk (117min, Czech Republic, 2000)
Czech with English Subtitles

“You wouldn’t believe what abnormal times do to normal people,” observes Josef as he and his wife Marie find themselves caught in a series of impossible choices and absurdist situations in Jan Hrebejk’s poignant film based on Petr Jarchovsky’s novel.

Set in a small Czech town under German occupation, this Oscar-nominated film explores “not only the banality of evil, but also the banality of goodness, and the ridiculousness, as well as the tragedy, of their collision.” (A. O. Scott, New York Times).

Film selected and synopsis written by Miriam Mörsel Nathan, WJFF Co-Founder and Director, 1990-2002.

Co-presented by All Generations and 3GDC.

Monday, February 23, 12:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


Saturday, February 28, 8:45 pm
Goethe Institut Washington
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

Speaker & Events
WJFF Co-Founder and Former Director Miriam Mörsel Nathan will introduce the film at both screenings.
jan-hrebejkJan Hrebejk was born on June 27, 1967 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Divided We Fall (2000), Up and Down (2004) and Cosy Dens (1999).
“A lovely movie, one that allows its characters unexpected spurts of growth and regression, darkness and grace.” -TIME Magazine