Czech Film Festival: Deserter

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Experience the finest selection of new Czech films!

Established in 2012 to accommodate increased interest in Czech cinema and culture in the United States, the Czech That Film festival is dedicated to raising the profile of current Czech films at an international level. It provides an opportunity for American enthusiasts of global cinema to experience successful new Czech films that not only expose participants to Czech culture, but also enlighten audiences, bring people together, and present inspired entertainment for all.

August 17, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.


Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic, 2018, 113 min., Czech w/ English subtitles

Nazi imprisonment survivor Otto opens an upscale hair salon in the center of Prague where his wife and her sisters work. As his business gets underway, a looming darkness builds with the communists’ rise to power. The state expropriates Otto’s salon, putting a pompous young lad in charge. Soon it becomes apparent that Otto must disappear or risk losing his life. Will he ever find “home” again? Deserter is a tragicomic drama of harshly tested love between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and children. The film is part of director Hřebejk’s Garden Store trilogy, following three families: an air radio operator, a hair salon owner, and a garden store proprietor against the backdrop of the most dramatic periods of the last century.

Organized by Lucerna Film, Czech Centres, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc.

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