Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
FC Roma (2016)
Directed by Tomáš Bojar & Rozálie Kohoutová
Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies
Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.
This unique documentary with scripted elements chronicles the Czech “FC Roma” football club, whose members have to persuade the other teams in the third league to play against them. The film transforms into an excursion through the various types of everyday Czech xenophobia. The filmmakers’ inconspicuous, observational approach gives a voice to the charismatic coaches, who, with a healthy ironic worldview, comment on a society that gives them virtually no chance. The dialogue of the various protagonists is the most prominent feature of this stirring, yet hopeless sounding documentary. Racism proves to be absurd, often unintentionally comical, but often also chilling. Kohoutová and Bojar’s collaborative project represents a new wave of cinema coming from graduates of Prague’s famous FAMU film school. This “New Czech Cinema” turns a critical yet often (darkly) humorous eye towards contemporary society. (76 minutes + Preceded by Selected Shorts) Free with $5 suggested donation.