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Monday, January 19, 2009

I Served the King of England

The series, an initiative supported by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre showcases international and independent cinema. Held at the Living Arts Centre's Hammerson Hall, the screenings are take place the last Tuesday of every month. Download your film series guide here

Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000. To order tickets online, visit
Admission: AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location: Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8pm

I Served The King of England
Director: Jiri Menze, Czeck Republic, 2008
Language: Czech with English sub-titles
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: R for sexual content and nudity

Jan Dite is short in height, but high in ambition. To put it bluntly, the young provincial waiter wants to become a millionaire. And he knows just how to do it: by hearing everything, seeing everything, and creating opportunities at every turn. Armed with this knowledge and an irrepressible wish to please, he soon leaves his first place of employment, a pub, for a luxury brothel and finally moves onto an elegant Art Nouveau Prague restaurant. But by the late 1930s, things are changing. Hitler has taken the Sudetenland region and is breaking apart Czechoslovakia. Jan falls in love with Líza, a Sudeten German proud of her Aryan blood. They marry, and soon after Líza is sent to serve on the Polish front, while Jan remains behind to serve as a nurse in a Nazi SS Research Hospital, but when she returns,
she has a fortune in rare stamps that Jews had 'left behind.' After Lízaâ's less than heroic death, Jan sells the stamps and becomes a millionaire. But he only has three years to enjoy his fortune: the new Communist regime puts him behind bars for 15 years, one for each of his millions. Upon his release from jail, Jan is sent to live in a decrepit border town. Here Jan reflects on the events that have shaped his life--and to reflect on what might have happened if he had played a different role in these events.

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