Kino Kavalírka and the U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the American Center, will present … the American Winter film showcase. This time, it will explore the diverse range of American cinema of the 90’s with a special focus on the representation of women in the film professions. American cinema of the 90’s quickly took root in our country under the influence of the post-Soviet changes in the political system. Thanks to the distribution offer of cinemas, the newly emerging video rental companies and television, it became a part of many Czech households. However, women were only marginally represented in it. The program of this year’s American Winter provides a look at iconic American films of the 90’s from a new perspective and in a different context than we were used to. It highlights films that women were involved in creating, whether as directors, writers, editors or producers.
Thelma Dickinson, who is kept at home by a short-tempered husband, and her friend Louise Sawyer, an independent waitress, take a weekend in the mountains together. But neither of them knows how their innocent getaway from their daily routine will turn out. Everything goes wrong the moment a casual acquaintance tries to rape Thelma. Something breaks in Louise, who has a revolver, and the bully pays with his own life. From that moment on, the women, who were looking forward to two days of relaxation, are on the run from the eyes of the law.
The success of the film amazed even producer Mimi Polk Gitlin, who had no idea that the film would be so well received. Its screenwriter, Callie Khouri, was also the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
USA, 130 min, 1991, original version with Czech subtitles
director: Ridley Scott
producers: Ridley Scott, Mimi Polk Gitlin
screenwriter: Callie Khouri
cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen
Seats for the screening are not reserved in advance, just come to the cinema.