Party Politics

Party Politics

2 Episodes

From sixties Czechoslovakia to the modern-day republic of Georgia, Eastern European filmmakers interrogate the Kafkaesque political climates of their homelands. In George Sikharulidze’s FATHERLAND, faithful devotees of Joseph Stalin convene for a commemoration in the Georgian town where he was born—a celebration that gradually spins off into the surreal. Things also go off the rails in Miloš Forman’s incendiary, famously banned Czech New Wave touchstone THE FIREMEN’S BALL, which turns an epically disastrous small-town shindig into a trenchant—and scathingly hilarious—commentary on Communist bureaucratic breakdown.

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  • Fatherland

    Episode 1

    Directed by George Sikharulidze • 2018 • Georgia

    In 2016 in the small Georgian town of Gori—the birthplace of Joseph Stalin—the Soviet leader’s ardent admirers gather to commemorate the sixty-third anniversary of his death. And then things get strange . . .

  • The Firemen’s Ball

    Episode 2

    Directed by Miloš Forman • 1967 • Czechoslovakia

    A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s first color film THE FIREMEN’S BALL is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confounded, the story chronicles a firemen’s ball where nothi...