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This Week in NYC: Riding the Waves of European Cinema

A scene from Vaclav Marhoul's "Tobruk." Image provided by The Czech Center.

Last night, the Czech Center in New York City kicked off, "Disappearing Act," a series of screenings of 18 European films from 9 countries, running through April 23rd. Today at 6:30 p.m. at the Czech Center, the program will include a panel discussion on European Cinema, with The Film Society of Lincon Center's Richard Pena moderating a discussion with New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott, IFC Center's John Vanco, MoMA curator Jytte Jensen, BAMcinematek's Florence Almonzini, and indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. The free event, which requires a reservation, dubbed "European Cinema from New Wave to New Wave," will take place at Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street).

Set to screen in the series over the next week are Vaclav Marhoul's "Tobruk" (Czech Republic), Kornel Mundruczo's "Delta," Jiri Vejdelek's "Vaclav," Anna Jadowska's "It's Me, Now" (Teraz ja), Juraj Lehotsky's Blind Loves (Slepe lasky), Antonin Svoboda's "Forever Never Anywhere (Immer nie am Meer), Anna Faur's "Girls (Lanyok), Thomas Arslan "Vacation," Serge Bozon's "La France," Juraj Nvota's "Music (Muzika), Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo," Radu Muntean's "The Paper Will Be Blue (Hirtia va fi albastra), Christian Petzold's "Yella," Michal Rosa's "Scratch (Rysa), Mia Hansen-Love's "All Is Forgiven (Tout est pardonne), Ulrich Seidl's "Import/Export," Vincenzo Marra's "The Session Is Open (L'udienza e aperta), and Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin'."

The series, marking the occasion of the Czech Republic's presidency of the European Union, has been curated by Irena Kovarova and organized by the Czech Center New York in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic with the support of the +421 Foundation, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Hungarian Cultural Center in conjunction with the Extremely Hungary festival, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Romanian Cultural Institute. The program also marks the occasion of the Czech Republic's presidency of the European Union.

For more information and reservations, please visit the series website.

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