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Film roundup: Czech Republic

“Protector”

Director: Marek Najbrt

Producers: Milan Kuchynka, Pavel Strnad

Stars: Jana Plodkova, Marek Daniel

The scoop: A $3 million drama set in Nazi-occupied Prague. In order to protect his Jewish wife, Hana, journalist Emil joins a radio station that broadcasts German propaganda. As he is drawn deeper into the world of a collaborator, the Nazi “protectorate” rule in Czechoslovakia unfolds and with it Emil’s own devolution in his relationship with his dependent wife.

Sales: None

“Three Seasons in Hell”

Director: Tomas Masin

Producers: Monika Kristlova (Dawson Prods.); Trigon Prod., Slovakia; Babelsberg Film, Germany

Stars: Krystof Hadek, Karolina Gruszka, Lubos Kostelny, Martin Huba, Tomas Tyndyk, Jan Kraus

The scoop: It is 1947 and 19-year-old poet and nonconformist Ivan Heinz, unaware of the inexorable approach of the postwar Communist juggernaut, lives a life of bohemian abandon where sexually liberated girls, erotic games and hedonism are sharply at odds with the darkening times around him. Pic was inspired by the memoirs of Egon Bondy, the poet, philosopher, writer and lyricist behind many of the hits of underground Communist-era Czech rock band the Plastic People of the Universe, which was heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground. Bondy died in 2007 at the age of 77.

Sales: None

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