Director Jirí Menzel In Person with
I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND
[Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále]
2007 Official Oscar Submission from Czech Republic for Best Foreign Language Film
In 1966, Jirí Menzel directed the definitive film of the Czech New Wave, the Oscar-winning CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS. Forty years later, he has realized a lifelong dream project, adapting another of Bohumil Hrabal's subversively comic novels for the screen. Set in the former Czechoslovakia in the turbulent years before, during and after WWII, I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND follows young Jan Dite, an undersized overachiever, as he goes from put-upon busboy to ladies man and maître d'hotel to a successful hotelier - and as he loses it all, spectacularly. Also starring Julia Jentsch (THE EDUKATORS; SOPHIE SCHOLL).
DIR/SCR Jirí Menzel, based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal; PROD Rudolf Biermann. Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2006, color, 120 min. In Czech with English subtitles
Monday, November 12, 7:00; 9:45
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