You might not think so — not because it’s like, so unlikely, more because it’s not necessarily the kind of thing to which you are likely to devote much conscious thought (the “you” of the preceding interjectory clause being as always purely hypothetical) — but one of the New York City repertory film scene’s most consistently excellent series is BAM’s annual New Czech Films, which is a fairly brief survey from a fairly small country that always comes out in the midst of the December prestige picture clusterfuck. And yet in recent years the series has provided a first look at several of the quirkiest critical hits of recent years, and at least one whatsit that I really wish more than a dozen people in this country got a chance to see. (Vaterland: A Hunting Logbook. Seriously.)
We begin, this year, with The Country Teacher (pictured), about getting away from already being pretty much away from it all; its director, Bohdan Slama, will be there for a Q&A, and his prior film, the somehow-form-a-family Something Like Happiness (one of the least-known, lowest-key selections of the 2005 New York Film Festival), will close the series on Sunday night. (The synopses I can’t get out of my head, though, is for Lost Holiday, which plays Saturday.) So, you know, give this series a chance in my opinion.