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Czech Film

Eastern and Central Europe is the original focus of the Freedom Film Festival, and continues to be the source of some of the most inspiring cinema today.

Small Town (Mestecko)

Czech Republic 2003 99 min. color 35mm
This comedy about the arrival of free market capitalism is set in an emblematic village named? Small Town. It unfolds with the wit and drollery in the Czech tradition, and is a fine example of "the change" -the sometimes funny, sometimes awkward transition that leads to freedom but has undeniably messy aspects. At the time of this writing, Ms. Livia Klausov√°, First Lady of the Czech Republic, is expected to be present. "A sour little Czech village fails miserably but nobly at capitalism in the subversive social comedy Small Town. Helming debut from popular thesp Jan Kraus (Seducer) is a cockeyed valentine to the kind of resolute pluckiness in the face of adversity that is a hallmark of Czech culture and cinema... " –Eddie Cockrell, Variety

Director, Screenplay: Jan Kraus
Director of Photography: Divis Marek
Music: David Kraus
Sound: Jiri Znamenácek
Editor: Jiri Brozek
Producers: Jaroslav Kucera, Jan Stern - Czech Television, Frantisek Jana - S Pro Alfa Film CZ
Production: Czech Television, S Pro Alfa Film CZ
Cast: Otmar Bracuzsky, Rostislav Novak, Martin Ucik, Norbert Lichy, Petr Krivacek, Vlastimil Brabec

Jan Kraus was born in 1953 and began his acting career at the age of six. He appeared in The Cremator, Foxes, Mice, And The Hangman and The Girl On The Broomstick among others. His latest feature role was as Karel in Andrea Sedlackova's Seducer.