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CIFF Film Club: Czech Classics: ‘The Key for Determining Dwarfs’ + ‘Joseph Kilián’

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  • Tickets: €10
  • Date: Tue, 14th Jul 2020
  • Time: 19:00 - 21:00

CIFF Film Club

We’ve teamed up with The Gate Cinemas to bring you a new home cinema Festival experience, the CIFF Film Club. As Ireland’s first and largest film festival, CIFF presents premieres of the latest Irish and international films in Cork and champions the magic of the shared cinematic experience. After 65 years, we’re still innovating and reimagining new ways to bring you the best cultural films and a Festival experience. The CIFF Film Club offers film lovers a new way to enjoy a curated programme of Festival films on our new online platform, powered by Eventive, with a final homecoming screening back in The Gate Cinema Cork City on July 30th. CIFF Film Club offers a specially selected summer series of fortnightly screenings of new Irish and international features, documentaries and classics, with exclusive interviews and Q&As with filmmakers.

Tickets are €10. CIFF Friends 2019 can avail of a 20% discount. Sign up for your CIFF2020 Friend Membership to receive complimentary access to all CIFF Film Club screenings!


Czech Classics: ‘The Key for Determining Dwarfs’ + ‘Joseph Kilián’

Cork International Film Festival’s new Director of Programming, Anna Kopecká, who joined the team earlier this year from Prague International Film Festival, brings you a special evening with Czech New Wave director Pavel Juráček in this Czech Classics event.

In ‘Joseph Kilián’, our hero Jan spontaneously takes advantage of a shop that hires out cats to lonely people. However, when he tries to return the cat the next day, the shop has vanished completely. The elusive Josef Kilián, the man who can apparently resolve Jan’s issues, appears to be permanently beyond reach. This was Pavel Juráček’s first film and was made in the best tradition of Franz Kafka and Czech surrealists.

Director: Pavel Juráček

Year: 1963

Duration: 38 mins

Country: Czech Republic

Category: International Classic


‘The Key for Determining Dwarfs or Last Journey of Lemuel Gulliver’ by renowned Slovak director Martin Šulík is a  staged documentary based on the journals Juráček was writing throughout his life. The documentary follows this important figure of Czech New Wave from his first successes in the 60s through the occupation and toughening of the regime, the emigration of his first wife and his depression that followed when Juráček was forced to stop his work. Juráček is played by his son Marek.

Director: Martim Šulík

Year: 2002

Duration: 58 mins

Country: Czech Republic

Category: International Classic

These screenings will be followed by a Q&A with: Marek Juracek, actor and son of Pavel Juracek, director of Josef Kilian and Peter Hames, Czech New Wave Researcher & Writer

Tickets: €10

Catch up: If you miss the screening + Q&A from 7pm, don’t worry – they will be available on the platform for 24 hours.