English-friendly films in January

A single screening of the award-winning Roma is among the offerings

Several foreign-language films will be playing in Prague cinemas with English subtitles in January.

Kino Světozor is continuing its Catch-Up Tuesdays program, which shows one recent film a week. The only one announced so far is Roma, which will be screened Jan. 8. Later films can be found on the cinema’s website.

Writer, co-producer, cinematographer and director Alfonso Cuarón’s Spanish-language drama Roma has already won several awards, and has been nominated for three Golden Globes: for Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It is widely expected to garner several Oscar nominations as well, and is considered a contender for Best Picture.

The film is set in Mexico City in the 1970s, and the title refers to the middle-class Colonia Roma neighborhood. The semi-autobiographical story is based on the director’s life as a child, and focuses on the housekeeper of a family similar Cuarón’s.

The other Prague cinema that has regularly scheduled films with English subtitles is Dlabačov in Prague 6. The recently renovated cinema in the lower level of Hotel Pyramida has a state of the art projection system.

They have English-friendly programming on Mondays, with a reprise of a recent (usually) English language film for Kč 80 at 6:30 pm in an ongoing series called Replay. Then, for a separate admission fee of Kč 100, at 9 pm there is an English-subtitled film.

An extra this month is the restored version of the music documentary The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68, on Saturday, Jan. 5 as part of the Replay series.

Monday, Jan. 7, in the Replay series has All the Money in the World, director Ridley Scott’s look at the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson. Getty famously refused to pay the ransom.

The English-subtitled film is the 2015 German film Victoria, about a party girl who gets caught up in wild night of crime. The suspenseful film takes place in one continuous camera shot. It premiered in the main competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Jan. 14 sees a reprise of I, Tonya, a somewhat comical telling of the Olympic figure-skating scandal involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.

The Hungarian film Son of Saul will be the English subtitled film. It is set in concentration camp in World War II, following its lead character, a Jewish prisoner, for a day and a half. It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Grand Prix at Cannes, among many other prizes.

Jan. 21 reprises Wim Wenders’ spy film Submergence, which stars Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy in parallel overlapping tales that takes place in Africa and on an underwater exploration vehicle.

The Swiss film The Square, with English subtitles, delves into the world of museum management, with plans going increasingly off the rails. The curator suffers a series of setbacks of setbacks starting with his phone being stolen, and escalating to a crisis when a promotional video goes viral for all the wrong reasons.

Jan. 28’s Replay film is not in English (or with English subtitles). The Singaporean-Japanese film Ramen Shop sees a man trying to trace his family roots after his father dies.

The 2016 Bosnian film Death in Sarajevo, with English subtitles, won the Jury Grand Prix at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film takes place at a hotel during preparations for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with various groups and guests throughout the hotel. The ideologies of the guests are a bit at odds and several clashed break out.

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