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Fair representation of current Czech-ness or not, this brief series has a few oddities sprinkled amid the middlebrow has-beens (Oscar nominee Zelary) and the big, fat audience-pleasers, including Zdenek Tyc’s rather eccentrically shot Brats (2002), detailing the neighborhood strife created around the prejudices churned up by two adopted Romany boys. Animator Michaela Pavlátová’s live-action DV feature Faithless Games (2003) is an evasive but strangely compelling scenes-from-a-marriage, with a hypnotic star turn by Zuzana Stivínová as a neglected wife-slash-pianist. Most newsworthy, though, is Tomás Hejtmánek’s Sentiment (2003)—a re-enacted, impressionistic brood on the director’s own friendship with dead Czech new wave auteur Frantisek Vlácil—and its diptych showing with Vlácil’s own Marketa Lazarová (1967), still Czech cinema’s orneriest beast and a rarely shown legend that is required viewing.