Eighty Letters – directed by Václav Kadrnka
September 7, 2018
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It’s an autobiographical film. The director’s memories are the source of the film, and what’s left of his parents’ correspondence. The story takes place in Czechoslovakia in 1987. The father fled to England and the mother and son are also considering leaving the country to join him. Husband, wife, son are together even though apart, yet any family’s forced separation is an abnormal situation. The film’s events are viewed from the boy’s perspective, through the desperate gaze of the inexperienced one, whose initiation spans a single day, which is actually the film. It is the day when the young ones cross the threshold towards maturity by overcoming their fears. The movements of the boy’s mother are part of an intensified daily routine as she goes from one hour to the next. For her, it’s like a battlefield. She sets out, her son follows her, but she has to act by herself so that they both achieve their goal together.
Thursday, 13.09, hour:14.00
„Ion Băieșu” Hall , Romanian Playwrights’ Theatre, Calea Griviței 64-66