The second Central and East European Film Festival gets under way on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus Monday, April 24, with a program called "Reading Between the Lines: Subversive Films Banned Under Repressive Regimes," with screenings of Milos Forman's classic 1967 satire from Czechoslovakia, The Fireman's Ball, and Juliusz Machulski's Kingsize (1988), an infrequently shown political spoof of the socialist regime in Poland.
The festival features ten films in five nights, spanning four decades and representing seven nations. This year's selections come from Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Georgia, Armenia, Estonia and Romania, and their subject matter ranges from personal moral dilemmas to family problems, redemption and the myths of social order. Highlights: Up and Down (2004), a Czech examination of bigotry that has been compared to the recent Oscar winner Crash; When Father Was Away on Business, widely regarded as the first film to take a shot at Marshall Tito's regime in Yugoslavia; and a selection of films by the great Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, including two segments from his famous Decalogue project.
All screenings will take place in the Duane Physics Building, 1GB20. For information and schedules, call 720-771-7876 or go to www.societycee.com.