Hrebejk's film looks at Communism's legacy
PRAGUE — Jan Hrebejk’s “Kawasaki’s Rose” has been selected as the Czech Republic’s contender for a nomination in Oscar’s foreign language category.The pic, a story about the legacy of the old Communist regime, defeated Jan Sverak’s animated tale “Kooky” and Tomas Masin’s look at Nazi-occupied Prague, “3 Seasons in Hell.” The Czech Film and Television Academy chose the pic following its wins for best film at the Pilsen Finale Festival, and the Cicae Award and Ecumenical Award in Berlin. Screenplay is by Hrebejk’s longtime colleague Petr Jarchovsky. The story, like most by the duo, centers on family tensions that escalate into fractious drama, threatening to ruin the reputation of a celebrated ex-dissident. A cameo by Czech photographer Antonin Kratochvil, himself a former dissident who emigrated to New York, adds a touch of realism.