English-subtitled films for February

There is another chance to see the award-winning Jan Palach and Shoplifters

February will offer several chances for people to catch Czech and foreign films with English subtitles. In addition to the ongoing Catch-Up Tuesdays at kino Světozor and English-friendly Mondays at kino Dlabačov there are some film festivals.

Nordic film winter edition (Severská filmová zima 2019) takes place Feb. 14 to 19 at Lucerna, and if you wanted to escape the cold weather, forget about it. The festival presents recent movies from up north.

Three films in Arabic will be presented during Arabian Nights (Arabské noci) at kino Lucerna from Feb. 21 to 24.

The festival of Spanish films called La Pelicula will run Feb. 19 to 26 at Světozor with most entries having both Czech and English subtitles.

There is also the annual sci-fi festival Future Gate, running Feb. 27 to March 3 at Lucerna.
Světozor’s Catch-Up Tuesdays will start Feb. 5 with Jan Palach, which was just named the best Czech film of 2018 by Czech film critics. It also has eight pending nominations for the Czech Lions. The film is about the life of the man who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the effects of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

The following week, on Feb. 12, features the Icelandic film Woman at War (Žena na válečné stezce / Kona fer í strid). A woman wages a personal battle against big industry and its environmental impact. Her project hits a snag when she learns her adoption of a war orphan has been approved.

The rest of the month’s schedule has not been announced.

Dlabačov starts its English-friendly program Feb. 4 with The Wave (Vlna / Bølgen), a 2015 disaster film that was a top box office entry in Norway. A geologist tries to warn people that an offshore event will have dire consequences, but his colleagues don’t listen.

On Feb. 11 there is another chance to catch Shoplifters (Zloději / Manbiki kazoku), the 2018 Japanese drama that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and also had Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. A family that lives by shoplifting takes in an abused neighbor and tries to hide her.

The next entry, on Feb. 18 is the Hungarian film Sunset (Soumrak / Napszállta), a recent Hungarian film set in the world of fashion in Budapest just before the start of World War I. The film, by Son of Saul director László Nemes, follows a hat maker on her quest to uncover a family secret. This leads her into some dark corners of the city, where strange and violent things happen. The film has a slow pace and a specific visual style.

The final entry on Feb. 25 is 3 Days in Quiberon (3 dny v Quiberonu / 3 Tage in Quiberon), a biopic about actress Romy Schneider at a spa to recover her health. During the time she gives an extensive interview to a tabloid magazine and poses for some famous photos. The film tries to reveal the real person behind the fame.

Dlabačov is located in Prague 6. The recently renovated cinema in the lower level of Hotel Pyramida has a state of the art projection system.

Nordic film winter 2019 www.sfklub.cz/en or www.facebook.com/events

Světozor’s Catch-Up Tuesdays and English friendly program: www.kinosvetozor.cz/en

Dlabačov’s English-friendly program www.dlabacov.cz

Arabian Nights: www.kinolucerna.cz or www.facebook.com/events

La Pelicula: www.lapelicula.cz or www.facebook.com/events

Future Gate: futuregate.cz or www.facebook.com/events

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