"All My Good Countrymen"
Directed by Voltech Jasny
One of the wonders of
the Czech New Wave, All My Good Countrymen is also one of the least-known films
from this miraculous era of Czech filmmaking. The reason is obvious: completed barely
before the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, it was immediately banned and never
shown. Despite this, the film won the Special Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival, and
stylistically is a work of great lyricism, humor and originality. It weaves magical--and
very funny--stories about a group of characters in a small Moravian village, immediately
following the socialization of Czechoslovakia in 1948. "The film and the milieu it so
precisely evokes are not so much nostalgic as they are powerfully remembered and
.All My Good Countrymen reflects the curdled fury of a former
true believer" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice). Czech with English subtitles.