English-friendly films for September

Dlabačov and Světozor both have English-subtitled screenings

One problem with seeing foreign films is Prague is that mostly they are shown in the original version with Czech subtitles.

But there are some alternatives. Kino Dlabačov in Prague 6, located in the lower level of Hotel Pyramida, and kino Světozor both have regularly scheduled films with English subtitles. Dlabačov has its program on Mondays, while Světozor’s is Tuesdays.

Kino Dlabačov focuses on critically acclaimed foreign-language films and is presenting them with both English and Czech subtitles, so people can go with their Czech friends.

Dlabačov was recently renovated and features 4K digital projection with 7.1 Surround Sound and a capacity of 377 seats.

Světozor, at least for the titles is has released so far for this month, has Czech films focused on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion. Světozor uses its small hall with 54 seats for its English subtitled showings and can handle a variety of film and digital formats. It can sell out for popular titles.

Dlabačov’s Marek Škarpa says the screenings are meant to help expand the cinema’s audience.

“Sticking with our commitment to screen hard-to-see festival gems, we've chosen a diverse range of films from three different continents for this month's screenings,” he said.

“The English-friendly film series allows us to expand our horizons beyond typical multiplex blockbusters and give our clientele something to think about,” he added.

September’s list at Dlabačov has Valeska Grisebach’s brooding festival favorite Western, a German-Bulgarian-Austrian screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. The plot involves a group of German construction workers at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside coming into conflict with locals. It screens Sept. 3 at 9 pm.

Sebastián Lelio's multi-award winning A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) was the first Chilean film and the first with a transgender lead character to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award for films with an LGBT theme. It screens Sept. 10 at 9 pm.

Hirokazu Koreeda’s drama Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) is an adaptation of Akima Yoshida's graphic novel that competed for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Three sisters meet an estranged half-sister after their father dies, and decide to all live together. It screens Sept. 24 at 9 pm.

Světozor is showing two films related to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion in its Catch Up Tuesday series. On Sept. 4 and 18 at 8:45 pm it is showing the new film Jan Palach, which looks at the last few months in the life of the young man who made a significant personal statement of opposition to the Soviet occupation.

On Sept 11 at 8:45 they are showing Occupation 1968 (Okupace 1968), a new documentary on the Warsaw Pact invasion. Five directors from the five invading countries offer differing perspectives on the event.

Kino Dlabačov:
Sept. 3 at 9 pm: Western — 2017, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria. Director: Valeska Grisebach. Starring: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov. Languages: German, Bulgarian, English

Sept. 10 at 9 pm: A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) — 2017, Chile, Germany, Spain, USA. Director: Sebastián Lelio. Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco. Language: Spanish

Sept 24 at 9 pm. Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) — 2015, Japan. Director: Hirokazu Koreeda. Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho. Language: Japanese

Kino Světozor:
Sept. 4 and 18 at 8:45 pm: Jan Palach — 2018, Czech Republic. Director: Robert Sedláček. Starring: Viktor Zavadil, Zuzana Bydžovská, Denisa Barešová, Kristína Kanátová. Language: Czech

Sept. 11 at 8:45 pm: Occupation 1968 — 2018, Czech Republic. Directors: Linda Dombrovszky, Magdalena Szymków, Stephan Komandarev, Jevdokia Moskvina, Marie Elisa Scheidt. Languages: Czech, Russian.

For more information visit www.dlabacov.cz or www.kinosvetozor.cz.

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