The Mandel JCC's Leonard Krieger Cleveland Jewish FilmFest - Protektor
Drama, Czech Republic, 2009, 98 min.
Czech with subtitles
Director: Marek Najbrt
Monday, October 11 • 7:30 pm • Cedar Lee Theatre
The Czech Republic’s official submission for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Protektor is a smart, stylish psycho-thriller about a Prague journalist and his part-Jewish wife whose lives are ravaged by the outbreak of WWII. Radio reporter Emil is married to actress Hana, a famous film star who is initially oblivious to the Nazi threat. Hana’s Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from the height of her career to the bottom of the social ladder. To protect her, Emil compromises himself, collaborating with the new Nazi-controlled state radio station. The assassination of the Third Reich deputy protector and a chance encounter on a bicycle bring their faltering marriage to a crisis. The retro noir style, evocative of 1930s cinema, is enhanced by gorgeous period design and an avant-garde score.
Sponsor: Heather Ross-Lowenstein & Irwin Lowenstein