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Special Screening: From Saturday to Sunday

October 25, 2017
Title: Special Screening: From Saturday to SundayVenue: National Gallery of Art / WashingtonCategory: FilmDate: 10.29.2017 - 10.29.2017Time: 16.30 hDescription:       The National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with the Embassies of the Czech Republic, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, will screen director Gustav Machatý’s 1931 film From Saturday to Sunday, with a lecture by Michal Bregant, Czech National Film Archive Director, on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 4:30 pm.      In the film, two secretaries go out on for an evening on the town. One of the women eludes the advances of a lecherous man and stumbles into a bar where she encounters a man who just might capture her heart. This film was a masterpiece of the sound era and acclaimed jazz musician Jaroslav Ježek wrote the score for the film.Photographer Alexander Hackenschmied and avant-garde director Gustav Machatý were two of the celebrated artists who created this monumental film of the early sound period. (Dir. Gustav Machatý, 1931, 69 min., Czech with English subtitles)   Event Details:          Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 4:30 pm      Location: National Gallery of Art          East Building Auditorium       4th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20565   Admission is free. | Reservations are not required.    BIOGRAPHY: Michal Bregant was appointed as a director of the National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2012, and has worked for the NFA since 1991. He has also served as dean of the prestigious Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague from 2002-2008, and chair of FAMU International from 2008-2011. A film historian, critic, and curator, Bregant writes about Czech film history, experimental cinema, and visual arts. He was a contributing writer, editor, and later chief editor of the film journal Illuminations and has curated numerous special programs focused on Czech film.   DIGITAL RESTORATION OF CZECH FILM HERITAGE:             The cultural project Digital Restoration of Czech Film Heritage was funded with a European Economic Area (EEA) Grant and aims to make Czech films accessible to the general public through new technologies. The film From Saturday to Sunday is one of the films that has been digitized as a result of the grant, co-financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 European Union countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.               The screenings is also a part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017.          For more information, please visit www.mutualinspirations.org.     Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague