ALL FOR THE GOOD OF THE WORLD AND NOŠOVICE (VŠE PRO DOBRO SVĚTA A NOŠOVIC) (Czech Republic, 2010, 82 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere In the small Czech village of Nošovice – as the locals put it – a UFO has landed in the form of a kilometer-long factory: a Korean Hyundai automobile plant. The village, famous mostly for its sauerkraut and “Radegast” beer, was thus turned into an industrial zone, the largest greenfield investment project in the Czech Republic’s history. For a long time, many farmers resisted selling the land upon which the factory stood. Eventually, they all succumbed under pressure from the neighbors and even anonymous death threats. The filmmakers returned to Nošovice two years after the dramatic property buyouts, at the time when the factory had just started churning out cheap cars. Combining the perspectives of seven characters, this portrayal of a place is playful and chilling at the same time: an absurd, politically engaged flick about a field that yields cars. In Czech with English subtitles. Directed by Vít Klusák.
Introduced by Mary Fetzko, Public Relations and Communications Specialist, Embassy of the Czech Republic.