Out of the Past 

  • Back to the Future Návrat do budoucnosti / Back to the Future
    Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
    USA, 1985, 116 min

    Marty McFly, the Doctor, Einstein, and a flux capacitor. Robert Zemeckis’s cult movie about a teenager who travels back in time and so enamors his mother that he threatens his own existence is an action-packed ride full of unforgettable lines and violations of the rules of causality. Have a seat, buckle up, and get ready to go Back to the Future.

  • Beirut the Encounter Setkání / Beirut al lika
    Directed by: Borhane Alaouié
    Lebanon, Tunisia, Belgium, 1981, 101 min

    Beirut, 1977. The early years of the Lebanese Civil War. A Shī'a man (Haitham El Amine) and a Christian bourgeois woman (Nadine Acoury) attempt to meet one last time before the latter elopes to the U.S. Corruption, poverty, garbage crises, sectarianism… This is Beirut as seen by the late, great master Borhane Alaouié: a wounded, collapsing metropolis no different from the Beirut of today.

  • Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power Vymývání mozku: Pohlaví-kamera-moc / Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power
    Directed by: Nina Menkes
    USA, 2022, 107 min

    How does the language of film contribute to the propagation of gender inequality? Who has the active role of the narrator and, conversely, who is the passive object of the viewer’s gaze? Nina Menkes dusts off the fundamental theses of feminist film theory and, without compromise, exposes the invisible mechanisms that are constituents of narrative cinema.

  • Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors Gregorovi: Pojď se mnou do kina / Komm mit mir in das Cinema – Die Gregors
    Directed by: Alice Agneskirchner
    Germany, 2022, 155 min

    In this documentary, the ninety-year-old film historian Ulrich Gregor and his wife Erika share why they called the arthouse cinema where they showed more than 16,000 films the “Arsenal”, and explain what lies behind the name Forum, the Berlinale's important independent section, which they founded and whose program they shaped for thirty years. Besides a personal portrait, the film is also an exciting journey into the history of film and society in Germany and Europe.

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog: Cesta samuraje / Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
    Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
    USA, France, Germany, Japan, 1999, 116 min

    A hit man (Forest Whitaker) who follows the samurai code. Jim Jarmusch’s masterpiece, in which action goes hand in hand with meditation, and which shoots not only bullets but also wisdom. At times it is deathly serious, at other times tongue-in-cheek, with an almost imperceptibly ironic smile crossing its lips.

  • The Joke Žert / Žert
    Directed by: Jaromil Jireš
    Czechoslovakia, 1968, 82 min

    Intellectually challenging films became established in the 1960s and it certainly wasn’t only Godard for whom the adventure story no longer sufficed; it was the adventure of reflection that mattered. Jireš’s The Joke is an example of this cinematic endeavour: if it weren’t for the viewer continually deliberating the impulses that prompt the hero’s associative chain of memories, and asking why fragments of past and present situations are seamlessly blended together, many of the film’s important connections would never come to light.

  • The Last Waltz Poslední valčík / The Last Waltz
    Directed by: Martin Scorsese
    USA, 1978, 117 min

    This unforgettable classic among music documentaries recently received its new digital makeover, presented for the first time at this year’s Cannes festival. The unique film presentation (seven 35 mm cameras) of the last concert by the cult rock formation The Band from 1976, complete with authentic first-hand accounts of a life played out in rock’n’roll tempo, was created by phenomenal director and music-lover, Martin Scorsese.

  • Lynch/Oz Lynch/Oz / Lynch/Oz
    Directed by: Alexandre O. Philippe
    USA, 2022, 108 min

    In his latest offering Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52 or Memory: The Origins of Alien), one of the industry’s greatest film aficionados and connoisseurs of cinematic history, focuses on the most original director of our times, David Lynch, and asks to what extent in his mystery-shrouded oeuvre he connects with the ultimate gem of American film production, The Wizard of Oz.

  • Opening Night Opening Night / Opening Night
    Directed by: John Cassavetes
    USA, 1977, 144 min

    Myrtle Gordon is a Broadway star. The premiere of her new play is only days away, however, a tragic event drives the actress to the very edge of breakdown. To date there has been no film which has adopted a more comprehensive approach to depict the way in which actors become totally immersed in their craft to a degree bordering on self-destruction. An unutterably intense experience from the king of independent film, John Cassavetes.

  • Pictures of the Old World Obrazy starého sveta / Obrazy starého sveta
    Directed by: Dušan Hanák
    Czechoslovakia, 1972, 64 min

    A testimony leaning towards contemplative lyricism, this documentary portrays the unique inhabitants of a far-flung region of rural Slovakia as it meditates on old age, loneliness, poverty and the weight of life’s destiny. However, the film is also a reflection of the indomitability of man and of an authentic existence that defies the pressures of civilisation.

  • The Prague Executioner Pražský kat / Pražský kat
    Directed by: Rudolf Měšťák
    Czechoslovakia, 1927, 104 min

    Rudolf Měšťák’s silent film The Prague Executioner, based on the novel of the same name by Josef Svátek, is a historical tale of love, betrayal and revenge. The screening of the restored 35 mm copy, coloured in accordance with the original tinting and toning process, will be accompanied by music from an ensemble headed by musicologist and composer Vlastislav Matoušek.

  • See You Friday, Robinson Tak zas v pátek, Robinsone! / À vendredi, Robinson
    Directed by: Mitra Farahani
    France, Switzerland, Iran, Lebanon, 2022, 96 min

    An affectionate depiction of an encounter between two breathless titans. Jean-Luc Godard and Iranian filmmaker and literary figure Ebráhím Golestán engage in long-distance exchanges of quotations and cryptic statements. Their dialogue, which should have taken place long ago in the last century, inevitably consists of weighty themes, such as humanity, time, art and death.

  • Where an Alibi Is Not Everything Kde alibi nestačí / Kde alibi nestačí
    Directed by: Vladimír Čech
    Czechoslovakia, 1961, 91 min

    “A bored housewife, a husband who married her for show, and a stupid boy who is full of himself because he is dating a Swiss woman.” The words of Inspector Tůma sound like they’re from a European melodrama, but in fact they come from a Czechoslovak crime story. A pair of detectives, counterfeit medicine, the high-society setting of a Karlovy Vary hotel, and Oldřich Nový as the aging hotel manager Kraus.

  • Wild at Heart Zběsilost v srdci / Wild at Heart
    Directed by: David Lynch
    USA, 1990, 125 min

    Love story, road movie, gangster flick, rock ’n’ roll fairy tale – a seemingly incongruous mix, and yet immensely enticing. It all starts with Lula (Laura Dern), who has been waiting outside prison for her boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage) to be released on parole, handing him his beloved snakeskin jacket. Lula’s mother cannot stand Sailor, but the couple are all the more determined to stay together and run away as far as they can go. In David Lynch’s cult film, Elvis Presley meets The Wizard of Oz.

  • The Wizard of Oz Čaroděj ze země Oz / The Wizard of Oz
    Directed by: Victor Fleming
    USA, 1939, 102 min

    Although the much-adored Shirley Temple had the right age to play the protagonist of this fairy-tale musical, the role of Dorothy eventually went to the seventeen-year-old Judy Garland – supposedly because Shirley’s childlike voice was not suited to the film’s songs. Garland’s pure and sonorous girl’s voice and acting talents quickly catapulted her to stardom as one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Fleming's Wizard of Oz, which amazed its audiences with its special effects, spectacular sets and costumes, its choreography and catchy melodies, has an irresistible, nostalgic charm today.


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