Monday, August 25, 2003

Department of New Czech Cinema

My friend Vladimir Michalek has a new film that made its U.S. premiere on Friday here in New York. It's called Autumn Spring. I saw it last fall in the New Directors/New Films Festival at Lincoln Center, and I highly recommend it. It's a wonderfully funny story about a Czech couple growing old. A "small" film, you might say, but in the best tradition of "small" Czech films. Go see it!

Here is the New York Times review of the movie from its festival screening last fall: "The Artful Codger Finally Goes Too Far."

And here is an interview with Vladimir that ran Friday, the day Autumn Spring opened: "A Czech Legend in a Swan Song."

This is Vladimir: