The opening night film at the 4th New York Film Festival, this international breakthrough by Miloš Forman—who turns 85 this month—mines teenage romance behind the Iron Curtain for comic, bittersweet irony. In a Czech factory town with a 16:1 female-to-male imbalance, young Andula (Hana Brejchová) falls for a lanky pianist (Vladimír Pucholt) she meets at a hilariously awkward mixer peopled by balding reservists. After a shy rendezvous, her attempt to follow up with a surprise visit results in the inevitable come-down to reality. Still as tender, honest, and funny as it was more than 50 years ago, Loves of a Blonde, tenderly shot by Miroslav Ondříček, remains a high point of the Czech New Wave, and a refreshing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

As part of this special evening, ticket holders are invited to our pre-screening reception with Czech beer and pastries. We also recommend our Dinner + Movie package featuring a meal at indie food and wine.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Czech Center New York.

Please note that this event will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.