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(E) Croatian Film "Alone" on Febiofest in Prag
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/22/2003 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) Croatian Film "Alone" on Febiofest in Prag
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Greetings From Croatia- Febiofest Prag Film Festival 
Croatia, 2001. 

Lukas Nola, director
A whirlwind of world cinema 

(January 22, 2003)
One of the largest noncompetitive film festivals in Europe, Febiofest offers movies from more than 50 countries including previews of new releases, recent highlights of world cinema and some old favorites. There will be several guests and, for the first time, musical performances. 
Thursday, Jan. 23-31 
Tickets: Slovansky dum, 69 Kc; 39 Kc for video room; Ponrepo, 50 Kc; Elementary School at Mikulandska 5, free; 
The biggest name on this year's guest roster is Roman Polanski, scheduled to introduce his new film, The Pianist, which will be shown here in its French version. Other guests include Gary Farmer, who will attend the screening of Powwow Highway in the North American Indians section. Actor Max von Sydow is scheduled to make an appearance to introduce The Emigrants, which is showing in a retrospective of films by Swedish director Jan Troell. Some films with actor Alain Delon are real classics of French cinema. 

Many films, especially those from France, Northern Europe, Asia and in the gay and lesbian sections, have English subtitles. Most screenings are at Slovansky dum. Buy tickets early -- the lines get long and many shows sell out. 

Herewith, a few highlights: 

Greetings From Croatia 
Alone--Croatia, 2001. Lukas Nola, director. Leon Lucev, Nina Violiç star. In Croatian with English subtitles. Three people try to rebuild their lives after tragic events. Jan. 24 at 12:45, Jan. 31 at 5:45, Hall 10, Slovansky dum 
Greetings From Iceland 
The Seagull's Laughter--Iceland, 2001. Agust Gudmundddon, director. Margret Viljjalsmsdottir, Ugla Egilsdottir star. In Icelandic with English subtitles. The arrival of a beautiful woman who lived in America turns a small town upside down in the 1950s. Jan. 28 at 8:45, Hall 6, Slovansky dum 
Greetings From Iran 
White Dream--Iran, 2002. Hamid Jebelli, director. Hamid Jabelle, Soghra Karimi star. In Farsi with English subtitles. True love evades someone who sells wedding gowns at a bridal store. Jan. 29 at 5:45, Hall 10, Slovansky dum 
HBO Presents 
Path to War--USA, 2002. John Frankenheimer, director. Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland star. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson is caught up in the events leading to the Vietnam War. Jan. 26 at 5, Jan. 31 at noon, Hall 3, Slovansky dum 
Japanese Film: Yesterday and Today 
Chicken Heart--Japan 2002, Hiroshi Shimizu, director. Hiroshi Ikeuchi, Kiyoshi Imawano star. In Japanese with English subtitles. Three friends who hang out at a street-vendor's stall each have a crisis in their lives. Jan. 26 at 5:45, Hall 5, Slovansky dum 
Pulse--Japan 2001. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, director. Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso star. In Japanese with English subtitles. The son of Akira Kurosawa directed this thriller about a ghostly menace lurking in the Internet. Jan. 25 at 8:15, Hall 5, Slovansky dum 
Korea: Lee Chang-dong, Portrait of a Director 
Peppermint Candy--South Korea, 2002. Lee Chang-dong, director. Yejin Kim, Kyung-gu Sol star. In Korean with English subtitles. This love story starts at the end and ends with the beginning. Jan. 25 at 12:45, Jan. 30 at 3:15, Hall 5, Slovansky dum 
New Greetings From Denmark 
Truly Human--Denmark, 2001. Ake Sandgren, director. Nikolaj Kaas, Peter Mygind star. In Danish with English subtitles. Life becomes tough for an imaginary friend when the person who thought him up dies. A Dogma 95 film. Jan. 25 at 11:15 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8:45, Hall 6, Slovansky dum 
New Hungarian Cinema 
Chico--Hungary, Germany, 2001. Ibyola Fekete, director. Janos Agoston, Sasa Anocic star. In Hungarian with English subtitles. An ideological adventure film about a revolutionary who winds up in Croatia. Jan. 24 at 5:30, Hall 8, Slovansky dum 
North American Indians: Legends and Reality 
Powwow Highway--USA, UK, 1989. Jonathan Wacks, director. Gary Farmer, Joannelle Nadine Romero star. Circumstances force two very different Cheyenne men to travel together in an old Buick. One of them is in a hurry; the other is on a slow-paced spiritual quest. Jan. 26 at 10, Hall 3, Slovansky dum 
Ramona--USA, 1936. Henry King, director. Loretta Young, Don Ameche star. The star-crossed lovers in this tale are a wealthy Spanish woman and an American Indian who find themselves opposed by all sides. An unusual romantic Western from Hollywood's Golden Age. Jan. 28 at 5, Ponrepo 
Skins--USA, 2002. Chris Eyre, director. Grahame Greene, Eric Schweig star. The investigation of a crime is used to show alcoholism and other problems that still plague the reservations. Jan. 25 at 7:30, Jan. 29 at noon, Hall 3, Slovansky dum 
World Cinematography News 
24 Hour Party People--UK, 2002. Michael Winterbottom, director. Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Lennie James, Andy Serkis star. Inventive re-creation of the early days of the Mancunian music scene, focusing on record producer Tony Wilson and bands like New Order. Jan. 25 at 4:30, Jan. 27 at midnight, Hall 2, Slovansky dum 
25th Hour--USA, 2002. Spike Lee, director. Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson star. A young man tries to sort out his life on his last day before going to jail in Spike Lee's latest drama, a study of Manhattan post-Sept. 11, 2001. Jan. 25 at midnight, Jan. 27 at 2, Hall 2, Slovansky dum 
Bowling for Columbine--Canada, USA, Germany, 2002. Michael Moore, director. Featuring Marilyn Manson, John Nichols, Charlton Heston. The massacre at a Colorado high school is the departure point for this sprawling examination of gun culture in America. Michael Moore goes everywhere from Kmart to Canada looking for the answers behind America's obsession with violence. Jan. 27 at 4:30, Jan. 29 at 2, Hall 2, Slovansky dum 
The Pianist--UK, France, Germany, 2002. Roman Polanski, director. Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman star. French-dubbed version with Czech subtitles. Based on a true story. A classical piano player in Poland witnesses the events in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes. Jan. 31 at 10, Hall 2, Slovansky dum (the director will attend the show; proceeds from the 300 Kc tickets go to charity) 
Punch-Drunk Love--USA, 2002. Paul Thomas Anderson, director. Adam Sandler, Emily Watson star. Seven sisters have tormented their brother all his life, and a single phone call to a sex line causes him further trouble in this odd romance. Jan. 24 at 2, Jan. 30 at 7, Hall 2, Slovansky dum 
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet--UK, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, 2002. Kaige Chen, Victor Erice, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismaki, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, directors. Marrku Peltola, Ana Sofia Liano, Chloe Sevigny, Charles Esten, Yuanzhend Feng star. In various languages, including English, with Czech subtitles. Various directors tackle the theme of fate. Spike Lee's segment examines the Florida voting scandal. Jim Jarmusch's piece shows an actress on a break between scenes. The stories all feature a jazz score. Jan. 26 at 7, Jan. 29 at midnight, Hall 2, Slovansky dum 
Sweden: Jan Troell, Portrait of a Director 
The Emigrants--Sweden, 1972. Jan Troell, director. Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Svenolof Bern star. In Swedish with English subtitles. Life is hard for a 19th-century Swedish family that has to spend weeks on a ship to America and then journey to Minnesota. Beautiful cinematography highlights this long film that was nominated for several Oscars. Jan. 26 at 5:45, Jan. 31 at 5:45, Hall 6, Slovansky dum 
White as Snow--Sweden, Denmark, 2001. Jan Troell, director. Amanda Ooms, Rikard Wolff, BjOrn Granath star. In Swedish with English subtitles. A career in aviation is the dream of a woman from a rural area. Jan. 24 at 9:30, Hall 2; Jan. 28 at 5:45, Hall 6, Slovansky dum  

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